SANTA ANA, Calif. — A Southern California airport has canceled all flights after a power outage left all its terminals in the dark.
John Wayne Airport in Orange County diverted all arriving flights and canceled departing flights after the outage hit at around 7:30 p.m. Friday.
The airport’s emergency power kicked in after about a half-hour but flights still remained grounded.
The airport was affected by a Southern California Edison power outage that was centered in nearby Irvine and affected more than 28,000 customers. The outage was caused by a fire in an electrical substation.
The terminal power was “slowly coming back online,” the airport’s Twitter account tweeted around 9 p.m. The Air Traffic Control Tower was open and general aviation or private flights were unaffected.
At 9:59 p.m. PST, the airport tweeted what it called a “final update” and said "Commercial ground stop in effect until tomorrow morning at 7 a.m., general aviation aircraft are not affected. For flights departing tomorrow, please verify flight status with your airline."
The utility estimates power will be restored by Saturday morning.
Contributing: Charles Ventura, USA TODAY
Updated 5:41 AM EST Dec 16, 2019