"My biggest concern is people don't take it seriously enough," said Scott, who was at the
Using grim language, and words like "devastating" and "catastrophic," the governor stressed that reports showing that Hurricane Matthew may ride up the coast, brushing eastern
Stores and gas stations were already crowded in
"I was born and raised here so I'm OK," Marc said.
"I don't worry about anything," Cheryl said, as they stocked up on meat for the grill.
"Of course you never want soup since it is so hot in the house -- but just in case we run out" of food, she said. "I get a little nervous -- it's just my son and myself. We get a little worried. The roof is not real good and we have no insurance."
Real estate property managers were also taking measures to ensure that office buildings, shopping centers and warehouses are protected.
"It's very simple, we bring it in or tie it down," O'Leary said. "Sandbag the doors if it is an area prone to flooding. Inside, wrap computer equipment and ensure that the elevator is at least parked midway up in case of flooding. Take photos or video of everything,'' she said. Once the storm has passed, O'Leary has an army of contractors ready for repairs and cleanup.
Meanwhile, other residents were lining up, waiting to fill their cars with gas. The Hollywood Boulevard Shell station just east of
As the last step in his overall Matthew preparations,
Hurricane Andrew in 1992 left him without power for two weeks, and he was without electricity for a month during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Randall was taking it in stride.
"I got married with no power," he said. "We had to get married at the house because the place we were going to get married was closed."
Other residents also recalled surviving some of the state's most harrowing storms.
"I lived through Hurricane Andrew," said
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