You know, I hate to be bearer of bad news ( or more bad news, in this case.) but this is just the beginning of part of the 7 years of bad Atlantic storms. Then it switches back to the Pacific. (We are a few years in, but there are a few more years of bad storms, not necessarily hitting the northeast)
It ain't over, 'till it's over. It's been forecast that two major storms will hit the east coast by 2015' and believe or not neither Irene or Sandy were considered major storms.
Oh, yeah. A late storm like Sandy, usually is followed by cold weather. (Early Winter)