>> Floridians in Panama City are scrambling to prepare for Hurricane Michael, now a category three storm that Governor Rick Scott says could crash ashore at any moment.>> Let me be clear, Hurricane Michael is a monstrous storm and the forecast keeps getting more dangerous. We're now just hours away from seeing impacts.
>> It has locals like Tom Conklin, who owns a beach-front gift shop, on edge.>> Boarding up, this one's coming pretty close, so got a little nervous.>> A state of emergency has been declared in several dozen counties along Florida's panhandle and Big Bend regions. Forecasters expect Michael to be the strongest storm to hit the area in more than a decade, and are predicting winds of up to 110 miles per hour and devastating storm surge.
Officials urging residents to heed warning warnings, particularly in coastal areas where some mandatory evacuations are already underway. Michael already blew through the Caribbean on Tuesday, battering parts of Cancun and Cuba.