By Stephen Leahy
I am saddened by the damage and loss of life but am truly surprised you are so shocked by the extent and severity.
Havent you noticed hurricanes, cyclones and other storms have become more powerful in recent years? And that extreme weather events like record flooding, droughts and heat waves are happening more frequently? In 2012 extreme weather records were broken all over the US. In 2011 there were 14 separate billion-dollar-plus weather disasters in the US including flooding, hurricanes and tornadoes.