It appears the wait is finally over.

After more than a week of preparing and waiting for what had become historically powerful Hurricane Dorian, St. Johns County was set to start feeling the effects of the storm Tuesday night into Wednesday.

"We know this has been a long haul. Seven days we have been preparing," said Linda Stoughton, St. Johns County Director of Emergency Management, as she addressed the dozens of people packed in the Emergency Operations Center on Tuesday morning. "But today is the day."

The county was preparing to see the first winds and rain from the storm after dark on Tuesday with conditions progressively getting worse throughout Wednesday.

“All day Wednesday it’s going to get pretty nasty out there, so everybody needs to be in safe shelter," Jeff Alexander, deputy director for St. Johns County Emergency Management, told The Record on Tuesday morning.

Already, rising ocean waters have started to erode beaches and signal what is still yet to come.

As of Tuesday at 11 a.m., Hurricane Dorian was a Category 2 storm. Dorian was expected to gain speed and become better organized through Tuesday.

The Emergency Operations Center was buzzing Tuesday with a full staff. County commissioners Paul Waldron and Jeremiah Blocker sat and answered calls on the public information phone line. Officials watched large screens on the wall that showed sprawling Hurricane Dorian as it began to brush against the east coast of Florida. Some in the center had been working 12-hour shifts. Others had been sleeping in beds at the center since Sunday.

Following a live interview with CNN, St. Augustine Beach Mayor Undine George said Tuesday the city is preparing for up to 7 feet of storm surge on its shores.

“This is the third hurricane to come on our shores in the last five years,” George said. “Each of the storms have degraded our dune system. We are still in recovery phase. We are starting out with less of a defense.”

George said she has seen resident fatigue set in as the storm inches closer, both from people tired of fighting yet another storm and people who are worn out from watching Dorian every step of the way on live TV for the last week.

Alexander said the priority Tuesday was to make sure everyone who needed to evacuate was able to get out safely. Officials also planned to keep an eye on wind speeds to monitor potential bridge closures, which take place when wind speeds go over 40-45 mph sustained gusts. As of Tuesday afternoon, no bridges were closed.

“There are people monitoring absolutely everything,” Alexander said. “Traffic monitors, traffic counters, wind speed monitors, weather monitors. We are monitoring to make sure that any problem that comes up we make an effort to resolve it."

Evacuation orders went into effect Monday morning for zones A and B, those in areas that are prone to flooding. That includes waterfront properties, Ponte Vedra Beach, St. Augustine, St. Augustine Beach, the islands, Hastings and Flagler Estates.

People can find evacuation information, as well as other storm updates, at sjcfl.us.

Despite the potential fatigue for all involved, Stoughton urged everyone at the Emergency Operations Center to be ready.

"We are going to have to start reacting to what the storm does later on tonight," Stoughton said. "We need to maintain our high level of alert and be ready to go when we start getting reports of any kind of flooding, any kind of coastal impacts, any kind of trees across roads, through the evening."