Living in Iowa don't look so bad at times like these.
I'm in Mid-North Indiana (25 miles from Illinois), and never in my 68 yrs have I seen a hurricane on the Atlantic Coast (I'm more than 900 miles from NYC!) reach this far inland. The advance layer of high, thin clouds gradually blotted out the full moon overnight, showers in the works for today, freezing rain in eastern Indiana, snow just over the line in Ohio, and on Lake Michigan (110 miles due north of me, 50mph winds coming down the full 400 mile length of the lake, whipping up 25' seas.
If it's like this in Indiana today, from a tropical hurricane, I cannot begin to imagine what it's like for all those right in the middle of it!