FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2011 file photo, one of two people rescued from a sailboat, right, uses a line to make their way onto the beach on Willoughby Spit in Norfolk, Va., after a couple and their cat... more 
FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2011 file photo, one of two people rescued from a sailboat, right, uses a line to make their way onto the beach on Willoughby Spit in Norfolk, Va., after a couple and their cat were rescued from the boat that foundered in the waters of the Chesapeake Bay battered by winds from Hurricane Irene. Nature is pummeling the United States in 2011 with extremes. There have been more than 700 U.S. disaster and weather deaths. What's happening, say experts, is mostly random chance or the bad luck of getting the wrong roll of the dice. However, there is something more to it, many of them say. Man-made global warming is loading the dice to increase our odds of getting the bad roll. (AP Photo/TheVirginian-Pilot, Bill Tiernan, File) MAGS OUT less 
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Associated Press | Photo By TheVirginian-Pilot, Bill Tiernan, File
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