Sep 10, 2017

Irma strikes Florida

Evacuees at a shelter in Naples, Florida. Photo: David Goldman / AP

Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys Sunday morning as a Category 4 storm, with sustained winds of 130 mph. It's now a Category 2, with the eye of the storm over Naples and authorities warning of sudden, "life-threatening" storm surge. There are 36 million people in its path.

  • The projected path of the storm shifted to Florida's western coast, with Fort Myers and Tampa among the cities expected to be hit head on. Miami is experiencing 100+ mph winds. The National Weather Service warns that storm surge will quickly rise to 10-15 feet above sea level in Naples.
  • Governor Rick Scott said storm will be "impacting highly-populated communities and leaving destruction in its wake."
  • Approximately 7 million people were ordered to evacuate ahead of the storm, and upwards of 1 million are already without power.
  • The storm has killed at least 25, and likely more, with deaths reported in St Martin, Puerto Rico, St Maarten, Anguilla and Barbuda.
  • President Trump has said he'll visit Florida "very soon"

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China tries to contain coronavirus, as Apple warns of earnings impact

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's NHC; Note: China refers to mainland China and the Diamond Princess is the cruise ship offshore Yokohama, Japan. Map: Danielle Alberti/Axios

As China pushes to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus — placing around 780 million people under travel restrictions, per CNN — the economic repercussions continue to be felt globally as companies like Apple warn of the impact from the lack of manufacturing and consumer demand in China.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 1,775 people and infected more than 70,000 others, mostly in mainland China. There are some signs that new cases are growing at a slower rate now, although the World Health Organization said Monday it's "too early to tell" if this will continue.

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Apple will miss quarterly earnings estimates due to coronavirus

Apple CEO Tim Cook

Apple issued a rare earnings warning on Monday, saying it would not meet quarterly revenue expectations due to the impact of the coronavirus, which will limit iPhone production and limit product demand in China.

Why it matters: Lots of companies rely on China for production, but unlike most U.S. tech companies, Apple also gets a significant chunk of its revenue from sales in China.

America's dwindling executions

The Trump administration wants to reboot federal executions, pointing to a 16-year lapse, but Pew Research reports the government has only executed three people since 1963.

The big picture: Nearly all executions in the U.S. are done by states. Even those have been steadily dropping for two decades, per the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) — marking a downward trend for all executions in the country.