Atlanta airport power outage affects flights in Chicago

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A power outage at the nation’s busiest airport was affecting flights in Chicago Sunday.

The outage at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport at about 1 p.m. caused more than 1,000 flights to be grounded, The Associated Press reported, forcing people to remain in darkened terminals or sit on planes parked on the tarmac for hours.

Georgia Power said it was examining whether a fire at an underground electrical facility was the culprit of the outage, the company tweeted.

There were 14 flight cancelations at Chicago Midway International Airport, and eight at O’Hare International Airport, the airports reported.

Brenda Martin was waiting in line at the Southwest counter at Midway Sunday evening with a group of friends after visiting Chicago for the holidays.

She was hoping the airline could book her on a flight close to Atlanta so she could drive the remaining distance, she said.

“We actually were at dinner, and I have the (Southwest) app on my phone, so when I opened it, it said canceled, and we all just started freaking out … because I’ve got to go back to work tomorrow,” Martin said.

George Power officials said they were hoping to have power restored at the airport by midnight.

 

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