- As Hurricane Michael approached Florida, the authorities warned that they would not go beyond the evacuation time.
- More than 375,000 people along the Gulf Coast in 22 counties have been instructed or rushed
- Florida panhandle airports are closed and cruise ships were diverted because of the storm.
As Hurricane Michael for a catastrophic and unprecedented Category 4 blow on the Florida Panhandle and Big Bend area Wednesday, Florida Gov. Rick Scott shared a terrible council : "The time of the evacuation has come and passed … SEARCH DIRECTLY REFUGEES."
Shortly thereafter, the Florida Highway Patrol said it would pull its soldiers offshore because it would be just too dangerous to keep them in those areas.
"We've done everything we can to get the word out," said Franklin County Sheriff AJ Smith told the Associated Press. "Hopefully more people will go."
(MORE: Spur Hurricane Michael )
More than 375,000 people along the Gulf Coast in 22 counties were ordered or urged to evacuate, officials said. All airports along the Florida Panhandle are closed during the storm and all flights have been canceled until they reopen.
In the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean, at least seven cruise ships changed their itineraries due to hurricane, after Cruise Critic. Six of the ships were from Carnival Cruise Line, while the seventh was a Norwegian cruise ship, the report added.
Emergencies were explained in Florida, Georgia and Alabama as governors tried to free as much resources as possible (1965-9014) Rescue teams and payload trucks poured into the region in their hundreds from across the country when they were ready to help with the aftermath ,
Here's a closer look at how each state prepares to prepare for the effects of Hurricane Michael.
Mandatory evacuations were ordered Monday along the Florida Panhandle, including the Panama City areas, as Michael approached. In total, the forced evictions involved around 180,000 people.
"If you're in an evacuation mission, go away, do not wait," said Governor Rick Scott during a press conference Tuesday. "When you're at the fence, do not think about it, do it, this storm can kill you."
(MORE: shelters open as Michael nears the Gulf Coast )  Officials also cautioned local residents that they had almost no time to prepare for the storm, as it was expected the effects start on Tuesday evening along the coast.
"What is it? This is today," said Ken Hurricane Ken Graham to the AP. "If they tell you to go, you have to go."
Evacuation orders were extended on Tuesday for additional strike area areas. Obligatory evacuations were ordered for Okaloosa and Holiday Isle on Tuesday afternoon, and voluntary evacuations were scheduled for residents in flood-prone areas of Pasco County.
FloridaDisaster.org has a complete list of areas of compulsory and voluntary evacuations
(EVACUATION CARDS: Bay County | Wakulla County | Gulf County | Walton County )
"If you decide to stay at home and a tree falls on your house or the storm surge catches you and you call for help now, there is no one to help you," he warned Sheriff David Morgan of Escambia County during a press conference on Monday. "That's the criticality of the following directions."
Scott said that more than 2,500 Florida National Guard members have been activated and another 300 are ready. He added that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is operational and the Department of Transportation monitors the situation.
The governor lifted all bridge fees on Monday before the storm.
Until Monday morning residents in Tallahassee flocked to the stores to stock up on food and water and fill their vehicles with petrol, the Tallahassee Democrat reported. Generators were sold out in many area stores.
In a Costco area, members were warned that they could only buy two packs of water.
Costco customer Krista Flanagan told the Democrats that long lines and intoxication are not surprising
"I've been here for a few years, so that's normal," said Flanagan, a native of Ohio, the newspaper.
As a precautionary measure, Tyndall Air Force Base has arranged the evacuation of all non-soldiers – providing essential military and civilian personnel. In addition, Tyndall and Hurlburt Field evacuate aircraft and the Eglin Air Force Base in the Florida Panhandle also moves aircraft inland before the storm.
ExxonMobil and BP evacuated workers from platforms reported in the Gulf before the storm Reuters,
Florida State University, Florida A & M University and Tallahassee Community College all announced that the campus would be closed Tuesday through Friday. The FSU opened the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center as a shelter for students and faculty.
The schools of Leon County published a tweet on Monday stating that all schools would be closed by the end of the week. Bay District schools closed Tuesday and Wednesday reported the Panama City News Herald.