Air Force Two, the plane carrying Vice President Kamala Harris, had to be diverted Tuesday on its way back from Atlanta to Washington due to bad weather, its officials said.

While returning from Georgia to the US capital, the plane “diverted to Dulles International Airport from Andrews Air Force Base due to bad weather,” Ms. Harris’s spokeswoman, Kirsten Allen, explained in a press release.

The aircraft encountered “wind shear,” according to a source briefed on the incident.

The specific aviation term refers to local winds that exhibit sudden and large changes in speed and direction in short periods of time, thus can cause serious problems in landing or taking off aircraft.

The plane landed safely in Dulles and Ms. Harris is at home, her spokeswoman said in a statement.

Heavy rain and strong winds have been sweeping the US East Coast since yesterday and are expected to continue today, according to the US National Weather Service (NWS).