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Power outage in Atlanta causes delays and cancellations in Birmingham

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Just after 1 p.m. eastern time on Sunday, Hartsfield Jackson International Airport sustained a power outage, believed to be caused by a fire, which caused major damage to an underground Georgia Power electrical facility.

In addition to impacting the underground facility, the fire also affected substations the service the airport. As a result, all airport activity was cancelled late in the day on Sunday.

Flights to Birmingham from Atlanta and flights from Birmingham to Atlanta fell into that category.

Vickie House made the hour and a half drive from Pickens County to pick up her niece from Panama who was flying in from Atlanta.

“We’ve been waiting for this for a while,” House said. “It’s been four years since she visited us, and we thought everything would be great. We’ve had the reservations made for a while and expected her here at 3:30.”

Many folks in Birmingham decided to drive to Atlanta instead of waiting for airport activity to resume, while others made the most out of the cancellations.

“It’s been fun,” Wendy Shaw said. “What’s going to happen is going to happen. We’ll get there eventually, and we’ll have fun. The people we have met, oh my gosh. California, Connecticut, Texas, from everywhere.”

Georgia Power released a statement late Sunday night saying they hope to have power restored by midnight adding that no passengers or personnel were in danger.

At last check, power is back on in the airport in the atrium, and concourses T, A and B.

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