By: Tim Studebaker

WARWICK, R.I. (WLNE) – For people in the Carolinas, the time to prepare for Hurricane Florence is over.  The time to get out is now.

Some travelers arriving at TF Green Wednesday on flights from Charlotte, North Carolina had the storm on their minds.  Anne Kennedy is one of those people.  She’s visiting Rhode Island from North Carolina.

Kennedy says, “I have planned a vacation.  Regrettably I won't be there.  But I've taken all the precautions that you can take before a storm of this size.”

She says the airport in Charlotte was very busy when she left.

Kennedy says, “…people coming in to get their elderly family somewhere safe, or to be with them.”

Bill Oliver is in town for a military reunion.  His sister–in–law lives in Duck, North Carolina, right along the outer banks.

Oliver says, “She's worried about it, but right now she's in the hospital just having a hip repaired.  So she's okay.”

Jacob Sartain and Chevona Markel came in from Florida for a wedding, pushing their flight up so they'd get here in time.  They connected in Charlotte.

Markel says, “We thought we were going to be grounded, so I was texting my – it's my sister's wedding – so I was texting her and I was like ‘I hope I can make it!’"

Sartain says, “It's just crazy.  It's kind of like Black Friday, but it's not for a good thing.”

Meanwhile, Anne Kennedy hopes she won't have to cut her vacation short.

Kennedy says, “If it gets out of control, I'll be on the next flight out.”

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