Hurricane Charley occurred in August 2004 (shown below).
By the time it crossed central Florida (and my town) it had luckily weakened somewhat to a category 1 storm with winds at just over 90 MPH.
I witnessed the destruction that a category 1 could cause (winds of 74-95 MPH).
Before experiencing this I probably would have said "only" a category 1. After all, the rating system goes all the way up to a 5 (winds of greater than 155 MPH).
I haven't said "only" a category 1 since 2004.
My thoughts are with a lot of family and friends who live in the path of Hurricane Sandy tonight (currently a category 1).
I'm hoping for the best possible outcome.