President Trump was absolutely right when he said early projection models for Hurricane Dorian showed the storm traveling across Florida and into Alabama, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) confirmed in a statement on Friday.
BizPac Review reports: “The Friday NOAA statement included a link to a series of advisory graphics that clearly showed a progression of projected possible hurricane and tropical storm paths issued as the storm approached the U.S.”
According to NOAA statement, models from Wednesday, August 28 to Monday, September 2, showed Alabama would have been affected by the storm.
“From Wednesday, August 28, through Monday, September 2, the information provided by NOAA and the National Hurricane Center to President Trump and the wider public demonstrated that tropical-storm-force winds from Hurricane Dorian could impact Alabama,” the statement read. “This is clearly demonstrated in Hurricane Advisories #15 through #41, which can be viewed on the center’s website.”
The NOAA also addressed the Birmingham National Weather Service, who decried Trump’s claims in a tweet, as factually incorrect: “The Birmingham National Weather Service’s Sunday morning tweet spoke in absolute terms that were inconsistent with probabilities from the best forecast products available at the time.”
In a tweet Trump sent on Sunday, September 1, the president cautioned those living in the southeast United States, including residents of Alabama.
“In addition to Florida – South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama, will most likely be hit (much) harder than anticipated. Looking like one of the largest hurricanes ever. Already category 5. BE CAREFUL! GOD BLESS EVERYONE!” Trump said.
In addition to Florida – South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama, will most likely be hit (much) harder than anticipated. Looking like one of the largest hurricanes ever. Already category 5. BE CAREFUL! GOD BLESS EVERYONE!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 1, 2019
During a press briefing, the president added: “And, I will say, the states — and it may get a little piece of a great place: It’s called Alabama. And Alabama could even be in for at least some very strong winds and something more than that, it could be. This just came up, unfortunately. It’s the size of — the storm that we’re talking about. So, for Alabama, just please be careful also.”
Trump’s claim caused quite a stir on social media and with mainstream media as several outlets discredited it. Some people accused Trump of making up the projection just to score political points for people who lived in Alabama while others simply said the president was not providing accurate information.
This was the originally projected path of the Hurricane in its early stages. As you can see, almost all models predicted it to go through Florida also hitting Georgia and Alabama. I accept the Fake News apologies! pic.twitter.com/0uCT0Qvyo6
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 4, 2019
BizPac Review adds:
Rather than own up to their clear anti-Trump bias and fake news reporting, CNN, the Associated Press, and others doubled down on their claims that the president was wrong about Hurricane Dorian.
CNN quoted progressive Dan Sobien, president of the National Weather Service Employees Organization, who characterized NOAA’s defense of the President as “disgusting and disingenuous” when he said on Friday: “Let me assure you the hard working employees of the NWS had nothing to do with the utterly disgusting and disingenuous tweet sent out by NOAA management tonight #NOAA.”