Sometimes the winds are crushing. More likely in these parts, the rain is what does most of the damage. In many years, there is no hit from a tropical system at all in these parts. Still, taking a few precautions like having some bottled water on hand along with a flashlight and some extra batteries is well worth doing. A battery powered radio is a good idea, even in this age of cell phone hyper-connectivity. Also, it doesn't hurt to check in advance to find out what buildings (often schools) are likely to be used as shelters, if there's an emergency.