Dozens are dead, damage is severe, recovery looms, and power is still out around the country.
Decomposing corpses led to a rampant plague so severe it spread to Syria.
The activity was so intense that there is now a severe shortage of fancy apartments for sale in New York.
A straight-faced clown in severe white makeup begins picking out a tune on an accordion as more people trickle in to watch.
It could reap considerable benefits, but the backlash could be severe.
We have been informed that the disaster had been most severe.
The blow was a bit too severe and the Egyptian fell down dead.
He was in a perfect storm of passion, and threatened every one of the servants with severe punishment, to extort confession.
In severe obedience to orders, therefore, he did not even now call.
He was so softened, so penitent and earnest, that even the severe Mrs. Royden was inclined to forgive him.
1540s, from Middle French severe (12c., Modern French sévère) or directly from Latin severus "serious, grave, strict, austere" (see severity). From 1660s with reference to styles or tastes; from 1725 of diseases.