the divine mother, appears to be fearsome.
She is the goddess of destruction. She rides a lion and wears a garland of skulls and a skirt made from dismembered arms. She dances in graveyards. But she is the most compassionate goddess of all because she is willing to destroy the ego. Her love is so fierce that she destroys evil in order to grant liberation. She destroys our attachment to the temporary body, to the material.
Kali destroys that which holds us down.
Hurricanes, fires, earthquakes, floods.
These things all bring destruction. They carry Kali energy - if you really look hard past all that seems to go terribly wrong. These catastrophes bring people together. The aftermath is unity, compassion, and maybe just a little enlightenment.