The New York Times
What an absurd statement.
Let's break it down into two parts.
First is the extensive damage. Reading the quote one comes away thinking that the extensive damage is because of the storm. In reality it is because it is hitting one of the most densely populated and most expensive areas in terms of property values in the country.
Yes, this may be one of the most expensive storms to ever hit the US but how does that make it more powerful?
Second we have the question of whether hurricanes are getting worse. Maybe they are and maybe they are not but how is this storm in any way a barometer of that? At best this is a middling strength storm.
This is like going into a 7/11 at night and seeing two other people in the store and deducing from that that their business is increasing.
Now realize I am not making light of the hurricane or damage it will cause. It will likely be significant. I know people in it's path and worry for them.
There is only one question about all of this really though. Does the NYT have any credibility at all anymore?