FilAmBlogger at Belmont Club reminds everyone that typhoons/cyclones are just not that unusual in South Asia and SEAsia, so all the hyperventillation about "global warming" is a bit off base.
WeatherUnderground has a list here.
Indeed, even though there are headlines estimating that in the Philippine typhoon there may be about 10 000 deaths (not a confirmed number, but one suspects it might be close to the mark), one has to remember that a cyclone a couple years ago that hit Burma killed 130 thousand people.
Ah, but Burma has a military dictatorship that hindered outside aid (and news cameras) from getting the story out.
If a person dies quietly without CNN coverage, is he just as dead?