It's a rough season this year. To our friends on the East coast, please be careful and evacuate if recommended. I've lived through many hurricanes as a first responder (and as a kid dating back to Camille), and the aftermath for people that don't evacuate is pretty grim in Cat 3 and above.
Here on Maui, we've lucked out by a near miss that was Lane, and Ophelia is bearing down on us this morning. Again, luck played into the Pacific storms and Ophelia is now just a tropical storm, but we're still expecting 20" of rain and flash flooding from the Haleakala run off. Unfortunately back East, Florence isn't lessening and Helene is just a few days behind. Hopefully Isaac won't worsen and the new low pressure disturbance SW of the Azores won't become a full blown storm.
Be prepared and be safe!