Yes it certainly is. I particularly rue the two guyd on the Bounty. That shouldn't have taken place, imho.
Before it's over there will be more, but hopefully not so many. People largely 'got out of the way' - so one article has it.
CNN has a list of the deceased so far. Condolences to their families :(
Superstorm Sandy blamed for at least 10 U.S. deaths as it slams East Coast