Atlanta airport power outage has a ripple effect on local airports

The power outage at the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta had a ripple effect on airports across the country, including right here at Reagan National and Dulles.

We learned about 20 flight departures from both local airports experienced either delays, cancellations or diversions. That number does not include the arriving flights that were scheduled out of Atlanta.

The Federal Aviation Administration put in a "ground stop" for flights going to Atlanta at this time.
Ground stop means flights headed to that airport must remain the ground at their departure terminal.

A friend of Kristyn Leon's told her that her flight kept getting delayed at Reagan National, and that made her curious.

Little did she realize there was a power outage at the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport that was causing her flight to eventually be cancelled.

So airport personnel encourage travelers to contact your airline about your flight status and recommendations.

The cause of the outage is under investigation, but according to Georgia Power, power should be restored by midnight.