How could there be a power outage at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport? This is the world’s busiest airport. Its’ operation effects air travel nationally and internationally.
It has been almost eight hours and no word from Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. Where is the press conference from GEMA? With technology, statements and so many modes of communication, passengers and people everywhere are concerned about the slow or no communication about the cause and status.
Why has there not been any official statement from anyone in leadership?? Is this acceptable in this day and age? How would our leaders feel if they were sitting on an airplane on Atlanta’s tarmac? Or, sitting in a dark airport? Where is the compassion??
The good news is, MARTA was not affected by the blackout. Their trains were running on schedule. The not so good news is, the police were not allowing anyone to enter the airport during this time to prevent more people from being dropped off. So, if someone were trying to pick up, they were also unable to enter the airport area since there was no way to tell which cars/shuttles/buses were doing doing what.
As reported by NBC TV 11 Alive in Atlanta, several passengers took to social media to complain about the airlines not providing information in a timely manner. And, many passengers were unable to communicate to their friends and family due to their cell batteries dying. Others with cell phone battery life used the light to navigate through dark hallways in an effort to get outside.
Calls to Georgia Power from 11 Alive were not answered. They had a vague statement on social media saying they were working to restore power at Hartfield-Jackson Airport. Yet, that simply was insufficient for stranded passengers and people across the U.S. Who simply want the facts.
The Cascade Patch has a full article by Doug Gross on today’s power outage. They have as many details as were available at 7:50pm EST. Here is the link: https://patch.com/georgia/cascade/s/gbb1e/atlanta-airport-power-outage-caused-by-fire-officials?utm_source=alert-breakingnews&utm_medium=email&utm_term=weather&utm_campaign=alert
Also, according to CBS 46 live TV coverage, Mayor Reed and the Atlanta Police Chief are having a press conference this evening (No time given).
Mayor Reed holds press conference with Georgia Power V.P. Bertina Terry as they reveal details of Hartsfield-Jackson airport power outage. A fire in an underground power station is the culprit. It also effected two backup stations. An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the fire. Also, the FAA is involved and conducting a review of this matter.
While crews scramble to restore power in metro Atlanta and across Georgia, it was good to spot this Georgia Power truck in the area!!
Other signs of normalcy as the winds and rain decrease: the U.S. Post Office has resumed mail delivery, MARTA buses are back in service, and Xfinity (cable company) is out handling cable outages.
While many are venturing out, it is still treacherous with so many areas still without power. Those headed back to Florida are being warned there are no hotel rooms and availability of gas between South Georgia and Orlando is not good. So, stay put where you are to give service crews more time to safely clear ALL roadways. The more cars out on the streets, the less safe it is for GDOT, GA Power and service crews to restore
According to the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) Commissioner today on NPR radio 90.1FM (via my battery powered radio), there are about 150 traffic signals still in need of being repaired or replaced. There are still trees in roadways and power lines down creating dangerous situations. Georgia Power says every region in the state has had outages and they have over 6,000 people out working to restore service which could still take up to a week to get everyone’s restored.
My friends in West End and my cousin in East Point had their power restored early morning or late afternoon, yet now their internet is down. Meanwhile, I am patiently waiting and praying for my power to be restored before dark.