Power outage cancels flights at Southern California airport

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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

Published 1:44 AM EDT Aug 3, 2019

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