I live in Los Angeles, where we get no rain from approximately April until November. When the rains finally begin again, even though only a drizzle may be expected, the local newscasters come on the air with dire warnings of STORM WATCH! in gigantic letters accompanied by ominous music. What would they make of Sandy?
The worst seems to be over for the East Coast, but life is still far from normal. Material things can be repaired or replaced. Your life cannot, so stay safe and wait until things settle down. Having experienced the 1994 Northridge earthquake at relatively close range, I know how disruptive these natural events can be. In the midst of the devastation, you wonder if life will ever get back to normal. It will. Meanwhile, stay safe and know that better days are ahead.