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Power restored at LAX; some flights delayed

December 1, 2011 |  6:58 am

LAX lights
Power was restored Thursday at Los Angeles International Airport after high winds knocked out power to parts of the airport Wednesday night, but airlines were still reporting delays for both arriving and departing flights already at the airport.

Ten airlines have reported flight diversions to other airports in the region, affecting a total of 20 domestic and three international flights, according to an LAX statement.

These airlines are making arrangements for passengers to complete their travel, with several flights expected to reach LAX throughout Thursday morning. Travelers were advised to contact their airlines for information.        

Lights were knocked out in the airport's terminals Wednesday evening, as were baggage screening machines and arrival and departure signs. People were using cellphones to light their way as they walked through terminals.

The wind had also strewn debris across two runways on the south side of the airport, causing officials to close them for safety.


Powerful Santa Ana winds sweep across Southland

Gusts near 100 mph reported; about 25,500 without power

-- Abby Sewell

Photo: Entrance to LAX. Credit: Los Angeles Times.