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Emirates and Etihad flights to US operating on schedule

Flights to Philippines also mostly on schedule, with ‘one minor delay’ on Emirates

Dubai: UAE-based airlines said on Friday their flights to both the United States and Philippines were operating as scheduled, but that they were monitoring the weather situations in both countries.

Emirates Airline and Etihad Airways told Gulf News their flights to the US are so far unaffected by the impending hurricane that is looming in the country’s east coast. As for flights to the Philippines, Emirates said there will be “one minor delay” for the Manila flights, while Etihad said flights are operating on schedule.

The comments come as the US east coast, specifically North and South Carolina, prepares to face a Category 2 hurricane that forecasters warned would trigger life-threatening flooding.

Federal and state officials appealed to residents of the two states to get out of the path of Hurricane Florence, with North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper saying the storm will “bring destruction,” and that “catastrophic effects will be felt.”

The UAE Embassy in Washington earlier this week alerted Emiratis living on the east coast to exercise caution ahead of Hurricane Florence.

“UAE citizens in Virginia, North and South Carolina areas, Hurricane Florence may become a category 4 storm. Stay tuned to your local news for safety instructions, call 911 for emergencies, and contact the UAE embassy at +97180044444 for further assistance,” the embassy said on Twitter.

Elsewhere, the Philippines is also bracing for a powerful typhoon that is expected to bring 170 mile-an-hour winds to the northern part of the country. Typhoon Mangkhut is a category 5 storm that is leading thousands to evacuate their homes, The New York Times reported.

Heavy rainfall and whipping winds were being reported on the country’s eastern coast as government officials plead with residents to move to shelters, The Times said.

Both Etihad Airways and Emirates Airline said on Friday afternoon that while there are no flight cancellations at the moment, they will continue to monitor the weather situation.

This article first appeared on GulfNews.com