Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson airport restores power after crippling outage

Travelers wait to check in for for flights at Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta

Travelers wait to check in for for flights at Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta

"All the hotels were completely booked out for about a 30-mile radius so my daughter and I slept on the nice, cold, hard floor".

The closing of Atlanta's airport - the world's busiest - caused the cancellation of all Fort Wayne International Airport flights by Delta Airlines on Sunday afternoon and evening, Rebecca Neild, air service and marketing manager for the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority, said via email.

Inside the airport, the outage cut power in the terminals, leaving passengers stranded in the dark as they stood in line at gates and security checkpoints.

That's on top of more than a thousand flights canceled Sunday, and those effects are being felt in Savannah.

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At 12:38 p.m., Georgia Power noticed outages in the system that were traced to a fire in underground tunnels where the airport's electric system lives, spokeswoman Bentina Terry said.

Atlanta is the heart of the USA air transport system, and the disruption led to 1,173 flight cancellations to and from Atlanta, according to flight tracking service FlightAware.

At Evansville Regional Airport, one flight from Atlanta arrived and departed on time, but another departure had a two-hour delay. She says they just hope everything goes smoothly and they really make it home. He says he made friends with people in line around him as they waited for answers. "I'm ready to get my Big Red and my Bill Millers".

Some passengers complained about a lack of information from airport officials and little help from emergency workers to get the disabled and the elderly through the airport without the use of escalators and elevators.

Four early flights to Atlanta were canceled Monday morning out of Savannah/Hilton Head International because the planes couldn't get here last night.

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And so were others who waited more than 15-hours to board their plane.

Jodi Green's Delta flight from the Bahamas landed at 1:15 p.m. ET Sunday. Despite the circumstances, she said, order prevailed. In rare cases, some passengers won't arrive until Thursday, he said. She said restaurants and shops were closed. Inbound flights were diverted to other cities and outgoing flights were halted.

The flights canceled Sunday included one from Fort Wayne to Atlanta and three from Atlanta to Fort Wayne, Neild said.

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.

CNN's Betsy Klein spent almost seven hours in a plane on the tarmac, waiting to move.

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