Passengers were stranded at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport overnight after severe storms rolled through Georgia on Wednesday causing several cancelations.
On Wednesday, the Federal Aviation Administration implemented a ground stop for all inbound and outbound flights. The ground stop was lifted around 1:40 p.m., but not before causing delays and canceled flights.
Ground stop has been lifted, but there are still delays due to weather. Please check with your airlines directly on flight times.— Atlanta Airport (@ATLairport) April 5, 2017
Early Thursday morning, we counted more than 150 people sleeping at the airport on the 2nd floor. Many of them shared their frustrations. Holding her wedding bouquet in hand, Melissa McMahon was supposed to catch a flight to the Dominican Republic but her flight was canceled.
"This is the bouquet my mom made me for my wedding. I was supposed to get married in 8 hours. That will not be happening because I will not be getting there in 8 hours. I'm pretty stressed out. I'm not sure how it's all going to work out or when I'm going to get there. I'm heading to Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic. So after I left St. Louis at 5:30 this (Wednesday) morning and after multiple diversions and delays, they cancelled our final flight at 9:30 (Wednesday) tonight and there are no more flights out on Delta until Sunday. So I rebooked on United Airlines for 6 o'clock this morning in hopes that this afternoon I will get there," she said.
According to FlightAware.com, there were 1,004 cancelations yesterday at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. On Thursday, there are 330 total cancellations so far.
Passengers flying Delta also got free pizza during the delays.
Wednesday's storms were the second wave of severe weather to hit the state this week. The storms brought trees down, lightning fires and even reported (but not confirmed) tornadoes.
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