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Trump's hurricane briefing strayed far from storms

Satellite image showing Hurricane Maria striking Puerto Rico as a Category 4 hurricane in September 2017.
GOES-16 satellite image of Hurricane Maria over Puerto Rico as it made landfall on September 20, 2017. Photo: CIRA

President Trump went to FEMA on Wednesday for an annual hurricane forecast briefing, but this one was anything but normal, a transcript reveals and audio obtained by the Washington Post shows.

The big picture: The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season was among the most damaging on record, causing tens of billions in damage and possibly more than 4,000 deaths between the mainland U.S. and Puerto Rico. Hurricane Harvey, which caused the heaviest rainstorm ever observed in the U.S., had total costs of $125 billion alone.