Memphis International Airport evacuated due to severe weather

Memphis International Airport evacuated due to severe weather

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Memphis International Airport had to be evacuated due to the severe weather.

Passengers on planes had to get off in order to ensure everyone's safety.

They also had to leave their bags on the plane.

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Everyone who was evacuated will have to go through security clearance again. All the bags that were left on the plane have to be individually matched to their owner.

The Memphis International Airport sent a new release which said,

During the tornado warning, passengers in the concourse were directed to restrooms in the ticketing area for safety. Those passengers were re-screened and we are now under normal operations. One jet bridge on the A concourse sustained damage, though there was no plane at the gate at the time, the jet bridge will remain out of service until repairs can take place. The airport also sustained some minor damage from broken glass on our mezzanine level, but no injuries were reported and those areas have been blocked off and repairs are underway. Let me know if you have any additional questions!

Tennessee Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN 9th District) requested an assessment of Monday's storm damage.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

"I am asking for an assessment of the damage so that federal disaster relief is swiftly made available, if permitted, to those who need it. This was a serious storm and I'm grateful that, at this point, no serious injuries or fatalities have been reported. My staff and I will continue to monitor the situation."  

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