Hundreds of National Guard troops rolled into Tallahassee as their last stop before heading out to Ivan’s path of destruction; 4,500 soldiers are mobilized, another 2,000 are standing by, including the Third Battalion in Panama City.
"Of course that will be the first force to close in and provide aid to victims, search and rescue, those kinds of things, and we have other forces that are turning around instead of heading from Camp Blanding south, they’re now heading from Camp Blanding toward this direction."
With three major storms in a month, it’s been a juggle coordinating response teams, but the guard says its troops are ready and willing to provide security for evacuated homes and help communities recover.
Panhandle residents used the final hours before landfall to do what they could to protect property.
Clarence Jones is a hotel employee worried about flooding and says, "It’s in a low area and when it rains hard, it just seeps up under the doors.”
Flooding is going to be a major concern throughout the Panhandle, but Mother Nature is going to throw just about everything else this way as well.
Craig Fugate says, "Storm surge, significant to catastrophic. Winds, significant to catastrophic. Flooding, significant to catastrophic. Tornadoes, depends upon where they hit, but where they hit, probably significant to catastrophic."
But with so many responders already in place, Florida is as ready as it can be to handle what Ivan brings.