So far this as been a deadly year for ordinary Americans.
In January we were horrified when the cruise ship Costa Concordia ran aground and capsized off the western coast of Italy killing 32 people–including Americans–and terrifying hundreds of others. How could such a disaster happen? Perhaps we’ll get some answers when the captain faces manslaughter charges in July.
In February many Americans were spending the afternoon shopping in a Kansas City, Missouri mall when a workman’s car struck a gas main and caused a terrific explosion. Several shoppers died, and many others were injured.
Later that month a major snowstorm hit the Midwest leading to a number of deaths. CNN reported that it took only thirty minutes to accumulate ten inches of snow. Due to whiteout conditions, a 400-mile stretch of Interstate 40 was closed for two days stranding hundreds of trucks at both ends of the closure.
In March seven tornadoes across the U.S.A. damaged property and caused many deaths.
In April six Midwestern states endured severe flooding that forced evacuations, inundated homes, shut down bridges, and sent a number of Americans to their graves.
That was the month in which Boston suffered a horrific terrorist attack that maimed hundreds of people including athletes who were competing in the annual Marathon.
How two commuter trains can crash head-on is difficult to understand. But it happened in Connecticut on May 17. Sixty people were injured–some critically.
Then on May 20, Moore, Oklahoma was essentially leveled by one of the worst tornadoes in United States history. Peak winds reached an estimated 210 miles per hour killing 24 people–including 10 children–and injuring 377 others.
Now that June is just around the corner, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration has predicted this year’s hurricane season to be “between active and extremely active” with thirteen to twenty named storms expected.
Cross your fingers and hold onto your hat!