Sep 12, 2017

The cost of Irma

Natural-color satellite images show the U.S. and British Virgin Islands on Aug. 25, before Hurricane Irma passed through as a Category 5, and on Sunday. Joshua Stevens/NASA Earth Observatory via AP

"$150 Billion Misfire: How Forecasters Got Irma Damage Wrong," by Bloomberg's Brian Sullivan: "By one estimate, the total cost dropped to about $50 billion Monday from $200 billion over the weekend."

  • "Bermuda High kept Irma from becoming the costliest U.S. storm ... Westward shift and weakening checked 'astronomical' damage."
  • "The company's most recent estimate is for $49.5 billion in Irma costs for Florida ... Andrew's were an inflation-adjusted $47.8 billion ... Harvey ... could end up between $65 billion to $75 billion."
  • "The top spots at the moment are held by 2005's Hurricane Katrina, at $160 billion, and 2012's Superstorm Sandy, at $70.2 billion."

Miami Herald: "More than 62 percent of the state — an estimated 13 million Floridians — remained without power as of 6 p.m. ... Of 10.5 million customers statewide, 6.5 million were still out."

Go deeper: "Satellite images capture Hurricane Irma's devastation in Caribbean."

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Bernie's juggernaut

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks in San Antonio last night with his wife, Jane. Photo: Eric Gay/AP

Sen. Bernie Sanders won so big in the Nevada caucuses that Democrats are hard-pressed to sketch a way he's not their nominee.

Driving the news: With 60% of precincts counted (slow, but better than Iowa!), Sanders is running away with 46% of delegates — crushing Joe Biden's 20%, Pete Buttigieg's 15%, Sen. Elizabeth Warren's 10% and Sen. Amy Klobuchar's 5%.

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Buttigieg campaign claims Nevada caucuses were "plagued with errors"

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Pete Buttigieg's campaign wrote a letter on Sunday asking the Nevada State Democratic Party to release early vote and in-person vote totals by precinct and address certain caucus errors identified by campaigns, The Nevada Independent reports.

The big picture: The campaign alleges that the process of integrating early votes on caucus day was “plagued with errors and inconsistencies,” and says it received more than 200 incident reports from precincts around the state.

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Coronavirus threat grows, threatening some drug supplies

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

As the novel coronavirus continues spreading globally and China grapples with a limited production capability, there's a growing risk to about 150 prescription drugs in the U.S., sources tell Axios.

The big picture: The coronavirus has spread to more countries, with both South Korea and Italy stepping up emergency measures amid rising case numbers on Sunday. COVID-19 has killed at least 2,467 people and infected almost 79,000 others, mostly in mainland China.

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