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Power outage at Atlanta airport disrupts TLH flights

Power outage at Atlanta airport disrupts TLH flights
Power outage at Atlanta airport disrupts TLH flights
Posted at 5:06 PM, Dec 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-18 14:19:31-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Georgia Power's CEO has apologized for the power outage at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport that stranded thousands and grounded at least 1,500 flights.

Some Capital City residents affected by the outage are relieved to be back in the Sunshine State.

The hours long blackout caused by a fire in an underground electrical facility also knocked out the backup system.

Georgia Power CEO Paul Bowers says a switch gear failed, causing a fire that then spread to cables coming in from two substations. Investigators are now trying to determine what caused the switch gear to fail.

Some 30,000 people were effected. One Tallahassee woman says she's happy to be back after the chaos.

"Very glad to be home. It's been a long long day. Yesterday and today, 36 hours in the same clothes, same shoes," said Cathy Dumbar. "It was pretty bad."

Tallahassee International Airport is also feeling the effects of the outage. Passengers are encouraged to verify their flight status with their airline prior to coming to the airport.

"As things continue to get back to normal operations in Atlanta, I encourage our travelers to check with their airlines," said David Pollard. "It's not just Delta, it's other airlines that can impacted as well so double check with your carrier if your going through Atlanta."