Sep 11, 2017

Irma, by the numbers

A normally busy street in South Beach. Photo: Wilfredo Lee / AP

Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys Sunday morning as a Category 4 storm and as the second major hurricane to hit the United States in two weeks. These numbers show the scale of Irma's devastation in the Caribbean and Florida:

  • More than 40 people have died in the countries affected by the storm, including 7 in Florida and 1 in Georgia
  • 36 million people are in the path of the storm as it prepares to slam Florida's west coast
  • 350 mile-wide hurricane
  • Nearly 6 million without power in Florida — nearly 60% of the state population; close to 1 million have lost power in Georgia
  • 130 mph sustained winds when Irma hit the Florida coast; 142 mph when it hit Naples, Florida
  • 10-foot storm surge recorded in the Keys; 7-foot surge recorded in Naples, Florida
  • 7 million in Florida and Georgia have evacuated
  • 124,000 people are in shelters run by the Red Cross
  • 90% of buildings and vehicles in Barbuda destroyed
  • 66% of gas stations in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area have no fuel
  • More than 5,000 flights have been canceled as a result of the storm

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Trump's clemency spree

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President Trump announced Tuesday that he commuted former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's 14-year prison sentence for extortion, bribery and corruption — as well as issuing full pardons for former San Francisco 49ers owner Edward DeBartolo Jr., former NYPD Commissioner Bernie Kerik and financier Michael Milken.

The big picture: The president's clemency spree largely benefitted white-collar criminals convicted of crimes like corruption, gambling fraud and racketeering, undercutting his message of "draining the swamp."

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Trump's improbable moonshot

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Justice Department says U.S. attorneys are reviewing Ukraine information

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Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd sent a letter to House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) Tuesday informing him that the U.S. attorneys for the Eastern District of New York and the Western District of Pennsylvania are reviewing "unsolicited" information from the public related to matters involving Ukraine.

Why it matters: Nadler had requested an explanation for the "intake process" that Attorney General Bill Barr stated had been set up in order to receive information that Rudy Giuliani had obtained about the Bidens in Ukraine.