UPDATE: (CNN) A power outage at the world’s busiest airport Sunday left thousands of passengers stranded in the dark terminals and in planes sitting on the tarmac.
Some travelers have been stranded at the airport for more than six hours.
The outage was caused by a fire that started in a Georgia Power underground electrical facility.
The fire’s intensity damaged two substations serving the airport, including the airports “redundancy system” which should have provided backup power, qnd delayed efforts to contain it.
Full power is expected to be restored by midnight.
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Thousands of passengers are currently stranded at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta due to a power outage.
Some passengers are even stuck on planes as incoming and outgoing flights were stopped indefinitely.
The Federal Aviation Administration issued a nationwide ground stop for flights to Atlanta at 10:30 Central Time December 17-th.
This means that planes are being held at their departure airports.
Multiple flights are being diverted, including international flights.
The cause of the incident is under investigation.