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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Bob Woodward's new book details letters between Trump and Kim Jong-un

Bob Woodward during a 2019 event in Los Angele. Photo: Michael Kovac/Getty Images

Journalist Bob Woodward has obtained "25 personal letters exchanged" between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for his new book, "Rage," publisher Simon & Schuster revealed on Wednesday.

Details: In the letters, "Kim describes the bond between the two leaders as out of a 'fantasy film,' as the two leaders engage in an extraordinary diplomatic minuet," according to a description of the book posted on Amazon.

Dozens of Confederate symbols removed in wake of George Floyd's death

A statue of Confederate States President Jefferson Davis lies on the street after protesters pulled it down in Richmond, Virginia, in June. Photo: Parker Michels-Boyce/AFP via Getty Images

59 Confederate symbols have been removed, relocated or renamed since anti-racism protests began over George Floyd's death, a new Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) report finds.

Why it matters: That's a marked increase on previous years, per the report, which points out just 16 Confederate monuments were affected in 2019.