I think you are on to something about the Great Storm of 2012. It was an October Surprise that no one could anticipate.
Makes you wonder whose side God is on?
Is it a chastisement?
Actually, it is up to each one of us to be sure we are on God's side, to the extent we can.
With roe vs wade, queer marriage, booting God from schools and the public square, along with a couple/three other biggies, it is clear that the majority of Americans are not on God's side. While God loves people, He cares not one whit for nations. They come and they go. The United States will collapse, as surely as sh!t stinks.
The thinking behind headlines like "Brown wins big with passage of Prop 30" will ensure that collapse. California is already past the tipping point. Rather than spend what they have left on an attempted recovery, they are lusting after a high speed train to hurry them on their way to disaster.
Before the big fall, the wealth of some states will be diverted through the US Treasury to prop California (and other states) up. But, as surely as that malodorous excrement mentioned above the day of calamity will come.