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Airlines inch back to normal flow after Atlanta airport fire

When he got to his hotel where he could charge his phone, he made a point of sending a note to each of them, "thanking them for their concerns, letting them know I was all right, and Merry Christmas, and God bless them", he said.

Reed said Monday that he was hobbled by limited information about the extent of the fire because it took hours to send experts into the substation because of noxious fumes, even as he apologized to the thousands of passengers stranded in Atlanta and other airports.

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

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.

At Evansville Regional Airport, one flight from Atlanta arrived and departed on time, but another departure had a two-hour delay.

Renner said they've had their bags packed and ready to go for days now, telling us she just found out last night their flight to Atlanta was cancelled.

Marketing Director for the airport, Kristi Haulsee, said they estimate between 5 and 10 flights were affected.

But today I talked to veteran journalist Cheryl Preheim in Atlanta. However, due to the emergency, the company provided food to passengers.

The city of Atlanta opened the Georgia International Convention Center and offered shuttle services there for stranded passengers who needed a place to stay for the night, according to the city's verified twitter account.

The control tower did not lose power because it has a separate electrical feed, and planes that were in the air and close to Atlanta when the blackout hit were allowed to land. Some described sitting on a plane on the tarmac for hours.

Bowers said failures are very rare, but now that they've had one, they have to figure out what to do about it going forward.

Jodi Green's Delta flight from the Bahamas landed at 1:15 p.m. ET Sunday.

"The thing that stuck out to me after covering 20 years of snowstorms shutting down airports and all kinds of trouble with passengers is how little I saw of fights and conflict", Preheim said. She said restaurants and shops were closed.

This morning "five flights were diverted to Miami and Tampa because of our fog", said airport spokeswoman Victoria Moreland.

Like Sunday's outage, that April storm hit at a busy travel time when there were not many empty seats to accommodate customers from canceled flights.

Correction: A previous version of this story misstated when the FAA grounded flights at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said the restaurant chain served almost 2,000 meals on Sunday.

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