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.
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.