I have been in multiple hurricanes. One of them was Hurricane Andrew. It was a devastating hurricane and wreaked a ton of financial devastation on a large area. Some people even lost their lives. I have been in at least 10 other hurricanes at some point in time or another. I have seen flooded roads as well.
Yes, in 1989 Hurricane Hugo hit the east coast. I was living in South Carolina, and it was very devastating to the area. As with any major disaster, we were without water and electricity for several weeks. Natural disasters and severe weather can happen anytime, but the best advice is to be prepared.