Thousands Stranded After Hundreds of Flights Cancelled in Atlanta Due to Extreme Weather

By Jesse Sokolow on 6 April 2017
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Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport

Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport

Heavy rains, thunderstorms, and high winds swept through Atlanta Wednesday night, causing widespread destruction and even prompting tornado warnings in some parts. The severe weather has left thousands of travelers stranded at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport after hundreds of flights into and out of the airport were both delayed and cancelled on Wednesday and Thursday.

Over 1,140 flights in and out of Atlanta were cancelled over the past two days, and 2,753 were delayed. Delta alone cancelled 1,104 flights since Wednesday, and posted 2,407 delays.

Travelers who are stuck at Hartsfield-Jackson are finding it difficult to book rental cars or hotel rooms, as thousands try to find their way from the airport.

Parts of Atlanta experienced severe flooding, and flood watches remain in effect for certain areas of the city. In some parts, trees were felled on top of houses and cars, and a house even caught fire after being struck by lightning.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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