Hurricane Dorian pounded the northern Bahamas for 36 hours, and left five people dead and 13,000 houses severely damaged, but none of that is so badly battered as President Donald Trump’s tender ego.
The Category 4 storm slowed almost to a standstill over the Bahamas as it shredded roofs, hurled cars and forced even rescue crews to take shelter until the onslaught passed.
One radio station on the island nation received more than 2,000 distress messages, including calls about a 5-month-old baby stranded on a roof and a grandmother with six grandchildren who cut a hole in a roof to escape rising floodwaters.
Hurricane Dorion inflicted ‘unprecedented and extensive’ damage, as the most powerful storm to hit land anywhere in the Atlantic Ocean, came ashore on the Bahamas.
However, Trump got some blowback from reporters after he falsely said Alabama was in the storm’s path and expressed disbelief that hurricanes could even reach ‘category 5’ status — even though Dorian is the fourth C5 hurricane of his presidency.
Dorian unleashed massive flooding across the islands with so much wind and water that officials urged people to find flotation devices, but the fragile man living in the White House seemed more upset that his big mouth and tiny brain had gone and made him look foolish again.
More serious government leaders remains focused on the storm.
“We are in the midst of a historic tragedy in parts of our northern Bahamas,” Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said at a press conference in the capital Nassau on Monday. “Many homes, businesses and other buildings have been completely or partially destroyed.”
With the storm expected to churn a menacing path toward the United States, weather forecasters warned that it could inflict serious damage from Florida to southeastern Virginia and possibly beyond.
By 8 p.m. Monday, the storm’s top sustained winds fell slightly to 140 mph. It had beencrawling along Grand Bahama Island at 1 mph and then remained stationary.
O n Monday night, President Donald Trump blasted ABC News for the network’s reporting on his claims that Hurricane Dorian was expected to impact Alabama.
“I suggested yesterday at [the Federal Emergency Management Agency] that, along with Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina, even Alabama could possibly come into play, which WAS true,” said Trump on his Twitter feed.
“They made a big deal about this when in fact, under certain original scenarios, it was in fact correct that Alabama could have received some ‘hurt.’ Always good to be prepared! But the Fake News is only interested in demeaning and belittling. Didn’t play my whole sentence or statement. Bad people!” he added.
Several major outlets reported Trump’s statement on Sunday when was incorrect, with some saying it caused confusion after he tweeted that Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia and Alabama would “most likely be hit (much) harder than anticipated.”
Some 20 minutes after his tweet, the National Weather Service issued a response to Trump’s claim saying, “Alabama will NOT see any impacts from Dorian.”
The hurricane, which reached Category 5 status on Sunday before it was downgraded to a Category 4 storm, is headed toward the southern U.S., with Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia having declared states of emergency and likely to face impacts in the coming days.
During a briefing on Hurricane Dorian as it sweeping across the Bahamas and toward the US coast, Trump also said: ‘All we know is that it’s possibly the biggest. I’m not sure I’ve even heard of a category 5, I knew it existed. And I’ve seen some category 4s. I don’t even think I’ve heard the term other than I know it it’s there and it’s the ultimate and that’s what we have unfortunately.’
Trump has said the same thing – that he has never heard of category 5 hurricanes – at least four times over the last two years, including as recently as May.
Dorian is the most recent of four Category 5 hurricanes to endanger parts of the US since Trump assumed the Oval Office.
In September 2017, nearly eight months into Trump’s presidency, Hurricane Irma, one of the strongest Atlantic basin hurricane ever recorded outside the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea, affected at least nine US states.
That same month, Hurricane Maria devastated the US territory of Puerto Rico, leaving behind an island that is still struggling to recover.
Last October, Hurricane Michael, which was originally designated as a Category 4, barreled into the Florida Panhandle as the third Category 5 hurricane to blast the US since Trump.
While the US has seen a number of Category 5 storms in recent memory — including Hurricane Katrina in 2005 — scientists estimate that Atlantic hurricanes could become more common in the coming years because of the climate crisis, a phenomenon that Trump maintains is a hoax.
The Trump administration announced plans last week to weaken regulation on climate-changing methane emissions, drawing immediate backlash from critics who say the rule will harm the environment and exacerbate global warming.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule would lessen restrictions on oil and gas sites to monitor and repair methane leaks from pipelines and storage facilities.
Trump did not attend a crucial discussion on climate and biodiversity at the G7 meeting of international leaders, missing talks on how to deal with the Amazon rainforest fires as well as new ways to cut carbon emissions.
In 2017, Trump pulled the US out of the Paris climate accord and he has often indicated that discussing climate is of little importance, compared with the economy.
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