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The electricity is back on at the world's busiest airport in Atlanta, but the travel woes will linger for days. And the ripple-effect is being felt in the Florida Panhandle. 

Thousands of passengers were stranded Monday at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport,  just days before the start of the Christmas travel rush. A fire in an underground electrical facility brought the airport to a standstill early Sunday afternoon. Power was restored around midnight.

While Florida is not in the path of Hurricane Harvey, the storm’s effects could be felt as early as next week, both outdoors and at the gas pump.

Harvey is forecast to strengthen to a Category-3 storm before reaching south or central Texas late Friday night or early Saturday morning,the first hurricane to hit Texas since 2008, when Ike crashed ashore near Galveston killing 21 people in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas, and causing widespread destruction.