We were there for Hurricane Dennis in 2005, and had to evacuate. It was our first experience with such things. Ever since then, we fuel up as soon as we cross the bridge, on our way IN. It took us over 3 hours to get from just East of San Destin to over the 331 bridge. It was an all-nighter getting home, and we couldn't find gas until close to Luverne. There were NO hotels from there to Atlanta. My parents, who,live in Kentucky, were also with us, and couldn't find a hotel until Chattanooga. If I could give advise, just get gas now, or be well enough stocked to get far away. Find a hotel NOW unless you know you can make it home in one shot, that is a longer trip than normal! Now, it was July 4th week when we went through this, so things are likely much better this time of year. But, just giddy on up out of there if you don't live there.