I've been through two hurricanes now; Isabella and Irene, both while living near the coast in Virginia.
Isabella was far worse where I live. Besides the flooding and fallen trees, many folks (including me) went without power for over a week. Irene did not even taken my power out at all, and I have not looked around too far, but I have not seen any downed trees.
There is a sure sign when the hurricane has past. The crickets and cicadas begin chirping again. It is good to hear to them.
Good luck to the folks up north who are meeting the storm as it leaves our area. Stay hunkered in, and be patient.