ATLANTA — After more than 10 hours without power, electricity was restored to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport late Sunday night.
A blackout at the world's busiest airport left thousands of travelers stranded and hundreds of flights at a standstill on the tarmac. Airport officials don't know the cause of the power outage yet but Georgia Power said it believes a fire at an underground facility may have knocked out electricity.
12:07 a.m. Atlanta airport announces 5,000 meals are being delivered to passengers. Trains expected to be operational soon.
11:55 p.m. Mayor Kasim Reed tweeted that all power has been fully restored at Atlanta airport.
11:19 p.m. Atlanta airport says power back ON in Atrium and Concourses T, A and B.
10:46 p.m. Georgia Power says it continues to work closely with Atlanta airport to restore power. Adds, "We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to restore power as quickly and safely as possible."
10:12 p.m. All passengers have been safely de-planed at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, according to Mayor Kasim Reed.
9:40 p.m. Delta will cancel 300 flights Monday due to power outage. Customers are being told to check the status of their flight on their official website.
9: 20 p.m. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers remaining on duty at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta airport.
9:15 p.m. Mayor Reed says travelers are being sent to Georgia International Convention Center for shelter, Chick-Fil-A will provide meals.
9:07 p.m. Georgia Power says switch that accesses back-up system was also damaged in the fire, causing both system to go down
9:01 p.m. During a news conference with Mayor Reed, an airport official said "because of the intensity of the fire, the switch which accesses the redundant system was damaged. Airport has a very redundant, very robust system." It will take time to investigate the cause of the fire.
8:56 p.m. Mayor Reed says "no evidence to suggest fire was caused deliberately" about fire, says security sweep is underway at airport.
Our Team Coverage of the power outage at the airport continues on wsbtv.com and the Channel 2 Action News Nightbeat at 11.
8:30 p.m. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed holds news conference regarding Atlanta airport power outage.
8:16 p.m. FAA says it will retain normal staffing in the Air Traffic Control tower throughout Sunday evening. Air traffic controllers will be ready to handle flights as soon as they resume.
8:06 p.m. Delta cancels ALL remaining flights. Full statement here.
7:45 p.m. Crowded lines at the MARTA station as passengers head home after being evacuated at Atlanta airport.
7:30 p.m. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says power has been restored to Concourse F.
7:00 p.m. Governor Deal announces two initial response teams comprised of 24 Georgia DPS troopers to assist with Atlanta Police Department
6:47 p.m. Exit from the interstate to Atlanta airport has been shut down due to power outage. Drivers are being urged not to drive there. Travelers are being advised to take MARTA and have people pick them up from the MARTA station.
6:38 p.m. Georgia Power says the outage may have been caused by a fire at an underground facility, says power should be restored by midnight.
6:00 p.m. Atlanta Police Department officials ask people to stay away from the airport as they begin to evacuate airport.
5:00 p.m. Power outage causes major airlines JetBlue, United Airlines, Southwest and American Airlines to cancel all remaining flights
4:00 p.m. Officials with Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport issue update. Says cause of fire is under investigation.
3:38 p.m. FAA issues ground stop in place at airport.
2:08 p.m. Due to the power outage, hundreds of Delta mainline and regional flights have been canceled. Delta is working to deplane customers from aircraft that have not been able to park at a gate due to the outage.
1:00 p.m. Power outage reported at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
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