As a long time resident of the Eastern Seaboard, I've been through a lot of these storms going back to my childhood days. I remember a storm as a boy that nearly blew our kitchen door in back in Tidewater Virginia. We had to push a refrigerator against the door to hold it and the same storm turned our backyard into a fortress of huge tree limbs from what had been a large and beautiful cottonwood tree.
Also never forgettable was being stranded on the Outer Banks of North Carolina when the bridge to the mainland partially washed out and we had to wait for some emergency repairs to return home. Even then, it was rather frightening driving over a temporary metal bridging structure connecting solid parts of the original bridge structure.
More recently here in Florida in 2004, I remember riding out two hurricanes in six weeks in a fifth wheel RV while we were waiting on our permanent home to be completed on new property. We actually anchored the unit using heavy duty roping over the top tied tightly to six foot rebar sections driven into the ground. Our shelter was secured yet we did have some problems with the windows giving somewhat to the wind, but we came out of it okay even if we did on both occasions suffer from lengthy periods without electricity.
Hopefully, things will not be too severe this go but one never knows. So take time to get some emergency supplies (especially water and batteries) and get ready because even if this one misses us hurricane season doesn't officially end until November 30th. It's just one of the prices we must pay to live in a land where the winter is warm.
Here's hoping that we dodge the bullet again but whatever happens, be safe and God bless you all.