I used these supports from Gardeners Supply this summer, both for my tomatoes and for my dahlias. The supports worked well for my dahlias, which grew to about 4-5ft. The tomato vines I grew vertically got VERY heavy as they ripened, and I had to to hook the tops of the supports to the fence behind to keep them upright. The dahlias didn't have this problem, but I did have to loop some velcro-type tape to the supports to hold the heavy stems upright as the season progressed. What I liked is that even in the winds of autumn, the supports didn't fall over for the dahlias.
Oh yes we did. I think Annie got the worst of it but yes, it was very bad here too. I am fine but alot of people lost sheds, houses, cars, etc. along with still no power.
I was without internet for a day and what a withdrawl that was!!!
I had to take the boss's truck to get studs put on and asked if I could get online there, LOL
So I checked our work's e-mail and of course, my personal one too. We had no power at work and guess is still out. Froze my behind off the first 5 hrs at work with no heat and finally told the boss that I was going to take some computer stuff home to my warm house at least.