Thousands stranded as power blackout hits Atlanta airport

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"We certainly understand that the outage has caused frustration and anger and we are doing everything that we can to get folks back home right away", Reed said at a Sunday night news conference.

LeBron said he arrived in Atlanta on a Delta Airlines flight from Albuquerque at 11:11 a.m. and boarded his connecting flight to Jacksonville about 11:45 a.m. for a scheduled 12:15 p.m. Sunday departure. Airport workers were handing out doughnuts and other breakfast foods. An underground fire left travelers in the dark and canceled thousands of flights.

Fort Wayne International Airport is prepared to deal with a power outage, Scott Hinderman, the airport authority's executive director of airports, said in the email.

Although firefighters responded to the fire shortly after it sparked around 12:45 p.m., it took about two hours to investigate and extinguish the blaze and hours more to clear the tunnels of noxious fumes, Reed said, before utility officials could inspect and begin to fix the damage. It stranded others on Atlanta's tarmac as they waited to get off of incoming flights. The airport's two terminals are set up with electrical zones, "so that an electrical failure in one zone won't cause a failure in another", he said.

You will need to check the airport's website to see what decision has been made with your flight if it has to stop in Atlanta. And they say they are going to be hard-pressed to use the Atlanta airport anytime again soon.

"They had these elderly people, handicapped people lined up in wheelchairs", stranded passenger Rutia Curry said. "I'm ready to get my Big Red and my Bill Millers". Stores stopped serving food and passengers were evacuated to alleviate crowding. She was at the airport hours after.

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Four early flights to Atlanta were canceled Monday morning out of Savannah/Hilton Head International because the planes couldn't get here last night. Some described sitting on a plane on the tarmac for hours. The Delta check-in process was organized and lines were moving, she wrote.

"They had to bring these old rickety stairways out", she said.

Jodi Green's Delta flight from the Bahamas landed at 1:15 p.m. ET Sunday.

Begley said the planning extends to thinking of how to handle and deal with stranded passengers.

Flightview.com, which tracks air travel data, listed hundreds of flights as delayed, cancelled or diverted during the outage. Airport spokesman Reese McCranie said all airport operations were affected, and outgoing flights were halted.

LeBron was changing planes at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on his way home from Albuquerque, where the Colorado State University football team played in Saturday's New Mexico Bowl. Almost 20 departures scheduled for Sunday afternoon and evening were canceled.

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