WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump confirmed a map of Hurricane Dorian’s projected path on Wednesday that appeared to have been altered with a Sharpie pen to incorporate the state of Alabama, which was by no means in hurt’s approach.
In a White Home video launched on Wednesday Trump factors to an official climate chart dated Aug. 29 displaying the states that could possibly be hit in what the Nationwide Hurricane Heart calls the “cone of uncertainty.” A curved line had been added to the cone on the chart to indicate a danger that Dorian may transfer from Florida to Alabama.
“It was going to hit not solely Florida, however Georgia, it may have, it was going in the direction of the Gulf, that was what we, what was initially projected…,” Trump says within the video.
Dorian was by no means projected to be heading towards the Gulf of Mexico, the place Alabama has a shoreline.
Trump on the weekend in a tweet had named Alabama as one of many states that could possibly be hit. The Nationwide Climate Service denied that in its personal tweet 20 minutes later.
“Alabama will NOT see any impacts from #Dorian. We repeat, no impacts from Hurricane #Dorian will likely be felt throughout Alabama. The system will stay too far east,” the Nationwide Climate Service in Alabama tweeted.
When reporters later requested Trump whether or not the chart had been drawn on with a Sharpie pen, the president mentioned: “I don’t know; I don’t know.”
Reporting by Kevin Fogarty; writing by Invoice Tarrant; Modifying by Leslie Adler