The noreaster has brought destruction some coastal residents say they haven't seen since Hurricane Isabel came ashore in 2003.
"I have seen many bad storms but not as bad as this. The dunes are totally ripped up, and everything here is like carnage," said a Virginia residents.
"This marks right up their with Isabel. They were talking this could be about as bad. I don't know, it almost seems worse," said Chris Cousin of Virginia Beach.
Utility crews were trying to restore power Saturday to tens of thousands of homes left without electricity after the storm.