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Power back on at Atlanta airport, but your travel plans may still be affected

Passengers rest behind the ticket counter after the lights went out at Hartfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017, in Atlanta. A sudden power outage at the airport on Sunday grounded scores of flights and passengers during one of the busiest travel times of the year. (AP Photo/Branden Camp)

While power has been restored to the world's busiest airport, the travel woes will linger for days.

Flight arrivals and departures out of South Bend International Airport have been impacted by the massive power outage at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

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The sudden power outage was caused by a fire in an underground electrical facility. It brought Atlanta International to a standstill Sunday about 1 p.m.

All outgoing flights, and arriving planes were held on the ground at their point of departure. International flights were being diverted, officials said.

The problems in Atlanta wreaked havoc at airports everywhere, including the airport in South Bend.

On Sunday passengers waited around as some arrivals and departures at the South Bend airport were cancelled. In fact, the FAA implemented a "ground stop" for flights meaning all flights heading to Atlanta were held on the ground at the airport of origin.

Traveler Errol McLean was trying to catch a Delta flight to Bermuda that was routed through Atlanta, but his flight was cancelled.

"A little bit apprehensive. You know, like we hope we get out. We hope it sorts itself out by tomorrow. Their telephone lines are totally booked. So I've called twice and we've gotten no response yet," said McLean.

According to a Georgia Power statement, the utility believes a piece of equipment in an underground electrical facility may have failed, causing the fire. The fire was next to equipment for a backup system, causing that to also fail.

"No personnel or passengers were in danger at any time," the statement said.

No areas outside of the airport were affected by the power loss. The utility said there are "many redundant systems in place" to ensure the power supply to the airport and that such outages at the airport "are very rare."

The power was restored overnight. However, with flights canceled for the entire day Sunday, it will take some airlines a while to recover from the disruption.

As of Monday morning at least one departing flight to Atlanta has been canceled so far.

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