Major storms are always dan­gerous. Super­storm Sandy left 132 Amer­i­cans dead, dam­aged and destroyed tens of thou­sands of homes, left mil­lions without power, and crip­pled the largest met­ro­pol­itan area in the United States.

The mas­sive human and eco­nomic toll of this dis­aster came just seven years after Hur­ri­cane Kat­rina. It marked only the latest in a spate of deadly and destruc­tive weather events, including the May 2011 tor­nado that lev­eled much of Joplin, Missouri.

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