- 596,339 people died of heart disease
- 575,313 people died of cancer
- 122,777 people died of accidents
- 84,691 people died of Alzheimer's
- 73,282 people died of diabetes
- 53,667 people died of influenza or pneumonia
- 38,285 people died of suicide
So a little more than 100 people a day are killing themselves, and about 300 people a day are dying in accidents. Every day. Every year. And that's before you get to the 3000 people a day who are dying from heart disease or cancer.
Again, I don't mean to be callous. But weather happens. And weather-related deaths happen. (In fact, according to this article, lightning kills an average of 55 people a year, tornadoes 56, floods 140, cold 600-700, and heat 3000+. Every year.) This is not to say that Hurricane Sandy isn't a big story, it's just that it's not the only story, and there's this other thing happening called the election that some of us think is pretty important for the future of the country.