You hear it everywhere. This place, or that place was decimated in the recent storm.
Historically, a decimation was a punishment for a group of soldiers who failed to perform in combat. The unit would be formed, and one man in ten would be killed. To encourage the others to greater exertion.
Nowadays, decimation is used to describe storm damage, when the best word to use might be devastation If an area is decimated, I expect that one in ten buildings were damaged.
It's a minor critique, but the use of one word when another is more accurate or descriptive seems to be a form of journalistic laziness these days. I know that journalists are lazy, but they should not also be stupid. One would hope that a journalist in the US would have a basic working knowledge of the English language. That does not seem to be the case.