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Detroit flights affected by power outage at Atlanta airport

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Posted at 10:53 PM, Dec 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-17 22:55:44-05

Hundreds of metro Detroit passengers are stranded Sunday after a major power outage forced a ground stop for all flights at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

The outage impacted nearly 1,000 flights to and from Atlanta, according to airport officials. About 40 flights coming to Detroit Metro Airport were canceled, according to the website FlightAware.com.

READ MORE: Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta crippled by power outage

Atlanta's international airport is considered a major hub for American air travel, and the airport is known as the world's busiest with over 275,000 passengers a day.

Detroit Metro Airport officials tweeted that passengers traveling to or from Detroit on Monday should check their flights before departing their homes.

Georgia Power said the cause is still under investigation, although it appears a fire may have caused extensive damage to an underground electrical facility.

In a news conference Sunday, airport officials said Southwest, American and United airlines canceled operations for the rest of the day.

More than 900 Delta mainline and regional flights were also canceled, including 48 other Delta flights that were diverted to other airports.

WATCH: 7 Action News reporter Simon Shaykhet talks to travelers Sunday night at Detroit Metro airport

In a tweet late Sunday, Delta Airlines said about 300 flights are expected to be canceled Monday as a result of the power outage.

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