Ominous clouds preceded the storm by days.
Above are "baby bottom clouds" ordinarily associated with tornadoes.
Actually, they are "Mammatus" or breast clouds and you can find more info, click here.
Below, leaves were still on many trees and falling when the storm hit. The saturated ground and trees still with leaves mean that big trees did come down.
The National Weather Service national weather radar shows the enormous size of what was called "an extratropical cyclone." This does not mean much other than a low pressure system in the mid latitudes. This hurricane was not as bad inland as it could have been. At least the rain and wind were not as bad here as predicted. The flood surge at the coast, however, was very bad. And the size of the storm was immense. The image above shows how the counterclockwise circulation of this low pressure covered the entire northeastern quadrant of America.