Local potential impact of Atlanta airport power outage

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - An afternoon power outage at the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia caused more than 1,000 flights to be delayed or cancelled. The power was reportedly restored around midnight eastern time.

Back here in the Panhandle, Parker McClellan, the Executive Director of Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, said flights coming from Atlanta to ECP could be cancelled first thing in the morning.

He said the situation will be treated similar to situations of inclement weather.

One man from California said his flight was cancelled because of the Atlanta outage.

"So, I was supposed to leave tomorrow, but I was notified that because of the power outage in Atlanta, the flights were cancelled and every time I try calling to get a hold of the representative, phone just keeps hanging up on me and obviously there's nobody here yet to help me out, so we're trying to figure this out," Brian Milbauer said.

McClellan said the Atlanta airport being as busy as it is, there are many opportunities for incidents to happen.

"It has an impact on the entire international air space system. Air crafts are held at their departure airports, they've been diverted to other airports if they're en route to Atlanta. So it's an inconvenience to the passengers, but everybody wants to do whatever is the safest for the passengers as well," McClellan said.

The Georgia Convention Center was opened for people who needed a place to spend the night.