Thousands of people in the storm's path are headed to what's known as the good side of the storm, west side. That just happens to be Mobile and Baldwin Counties.

Local hotels tell us they've taken a lot of reservations from our friends to the east.

"We're anticipating a little bit more this storm due to us being on the western side of this storm," said Kevin Hellmich with the Grand Hotel.

He said since around 1 this afternoon they've been getting more reservations from people fleeing the storm.

"We have seen an uptick in reservations today for tonight and tomorrow. We've seen guest leaving the Destin area, Rose Mary beach and seaside, they're checking in to the Grand hotel," Hellmich said.

One of the main routes for people traveling west is I-10. There was a smooth flow of traffic today, but the next few days could look a bit different.

"We will probably evacuate to like Alabama or wherever we can go to be safe," said Cathy Gaudette who lives in Gulf Breeze.

She and other Florida residents were gassing up today along I-10 before heading back there.

"No fear really. We've been through a few iof them before living in Pensacola, just gonna hunker down and tough it out," said Dave Pascual.

Pascual lives in Pensacola. He came to Mobile to bring his sister to the airport to catch a flight. He told us his wife sent word to him that the gas stations were packed in Pensacola so he decided to fill up his car and a tank, before heading there.

"We'll probably board up our windows, bring my mom's plants inside bring some things back inside and that's about it and just hope for the best," he said.

He's not evaucating but others like Gaudette says if its worse than a Category 1, she will.

"A hurricane? Well put it this way, when I first came to Florida there was a TS and my house was surrounded with water. I was like on a island," she said.

Gaudette and a friend were traveling back to Gulf Breeze from a vacation in New Orleans she cut short due to the storm. For the next 24 hours, she says, it's a waiting game.

"I'm just gonna really watch the news, take things in from outside and just watch the weather," she said.

Many of the hotels we spoke to on both sides of the bay say they are ready to receive evacuees.

A spokesperson from IHG Hotels sent FOX 10 this message:

"To ensure that we’re providing the highest level of hospitality for those seeking relief and comfort from Hurricane Michael, all IHG hotels in Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida are welcoming pets free of charge and waiving hotel room cancellation fees during the impacted timeframe.

As the storm progresses, IHG hotels along the projected storm path may close or may reach capacity. Guests can call 1-877-424-2449 to discuss an upcoming reservation, or visit or the IHG® App to make a new reservation."

ALDOT tells us they'll be monitoring traffic closely over the next few days.

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Toi Thornton is a Reporter. His Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism comes from Dillard University in 2014 and his Master's degree in New Media Journalism from Full Sail University in 2016. He previously worked as the Fox anchor in Lafayette, LA.

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