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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20 Republican former U.S. attorneys endorse Biden, call Trump "a threat to the rule of law"

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Twenty Republican former U.S. Attorneys on Tuesday endorsed Joe Biden while saying that "President Trump's leadership is a threat to rule of law" in the U.S., the Washington Post reports.

What they're saying: In the letter, the former prosecutors criticize Trump's use of the Department of Justice, saying the president expects the DOJ to "to serve his personal and political interests."

  • "He has politicized the Justice Department, dictating its priorities along political lines and breaking down the barrier that prior administrations had maintained between political and prosecutorial decision-making," the letter says.
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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Politics: Axios-Ipsos poll: Federal response has only gotten worse — The swing states where the pandemic is raging.
  2. Health: The coronavirus is starting to crush some hospitals — 13 states set single-day case records last week.
  3. Business: Winter coronavirus threat spurs new surge of startup activity.
  4. Media: Pandemic causes cable and satellite TV providers to lose the most subscribers ever.
  5. States: Nearly two dozen Minnesota COVID cases traced to 3 Trump campaign events.
  6. World: Unrest in Italy as restrictions grow across Europe.

Ted Cruz defends GOP's expected return to prioritizing national debt

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told "Axios on HBO" on Monday that he wishes reining in the national debt was a higher priority for President Trump.

Why it matters: Trump pledged during the 2016 campaign to reduce the national debt and eliminate it entirely within eight years, though he also deemed himself "the king of debt" and said there were some priorities that required spending. In the fiscal year that ended in September, the deficit reached a record $3.1 trillion.