Especially after El Derecho this summer, The Lawyer and I weren't messing around. We grew up in South Florida, where hurricanes can easily rip the roof of your house and severely interrupt your life, so you'd better believe that I had us well-stocked with days and days worth of food, water, batteries, and candles.
Very thankfully, we didn't need our provisions. I'll take being overprepared above being underprepared any day!
I was taking hourly photos of the tree outside of my balcony, because I was sure that the winds were going to slowly rip the leaves off of it, but nothing happened to it. It is a survivor!
This is a short video I took of the wind gusts yesterday afternoon. They did pick up a bit after this, but it was dark outside and as you can hear, I'm a wuss and was all, "I'M GETTING WET OUT HERE ON THE BALCONY!"
In all seriousness, though, I hope that you and yours are all safe...especially readers in NJ and NY!