NEPTUNE BEACH, Fla.—Wednesday, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry ordered all of the beach communities to evacuate and a lot of people are doing just that.

Drills and plywood were the most common sights in Neptune Beach.

"We just built the house and moved in a month ago so this is the first test in the storm,” says Ian McKillop.

All week residents have been preparing.

"Today we have just been going and getting water and supplies. We got plywood and boarding up some of the houses,” says McKillop.

McKillop is leaving Thursday morning and so is Samantha Warman who lives down the street.

"The storm has only intensified since it began, so you are better safe than sorry," Warman says. "The thing that scares me the most is if the wind is too high then the bridges will close and you are stuck."

This is the first time the beach communities have been ordered to evacuate in years.

Residents say they are making sure their homes are secure as possible, then they are heading out of town.

"Everybody I see is taking it seriously. We have been watching the news all day and I think people are getting prepared and then they are going to leave," says one resident.

Mayor Curry says the evacuation is not mandatory, however, if you decide to stay, he says there won't be any resources available to help you if you are in need.

UPDATE: Jacksonville Beach has issued a 10 p.m. curfew for Thursday night.