President Trump stunned advisers and weather forecasters, after incorrectly claiming that a deadly hurricane would hit Alabama.
The commander-in-chief also denied he had ever heard of a category five storm, a claim he has made on at least four separate occasions.
He made his claim in reference to the path of hurricane Dorian, which has left five people dead and caused unprecedented damage in the Bahamas.
Although the storm has stalled over the Bahamas, it is dangerously close to the US east coast, with over a million residents from Florida, Georgia and South Carolina being evacuated.
However, Trump took to Twitter on Sunday to say that Alabama would be one of the states that would be badly affected.
He 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!
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
The claim was immediately refuted by the National Weather Service office in Birmingham, Alabama.
They tweeted in response: Alabama will NOT see any impacts from #Dorian. We repeat, no impacts from Hurricane #Dorian will be felt across Alabama.
The system will remain too far east. #alwx.
However, the president repeated his claims about the impact on Alabama at a later press conference.
— NWS Birmingham (@NWSBirmingham) September 1, 2019
Addressing the media at the headquarters of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) headquarters in Washington DC, he said Alabama could be in for some very strong winds and something more than that, it could be.
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