I am so glad we prepared. It could have been worse. North Carolina will have a lot of clean-up to do. There's a lot of ocean over-wash. We've had tornado strikes as well in several counties. I've stayed glued to the TV just about all day. North Carolina heard the warning and took it seriously; I believe we were ready. In my area, further west of the coast, we had a little rain. I had hoped for more. We have had strong winds all afternoon. I was concerned about so many of our trees swaying wildly in the gusts of wind energy. We have right much leaf and limb clean-up to do. We had opened our store at the mall, but the power went out. Power is also out in other close by townships, but we're fine. I will not be a happy gal if my power fails!!
For friends with horses, I have one last bit of advice (you probably already do this). Have your horse's name and your phone number engraved on a tag and attach it to their halter and have them wear it during the storm - just in case they get out. They will be found and identified. It will be easy to get them back to you.
Thanks to all of you who sent your support and prayers that we would be safe during this storm.
Good luck to you to the north. My thoughts will be with you.