Hurricane Dorian: Trump map mysteriously loops in Alabama

Thursday - 05/09/2019 12:16
GETTY IMAGES / The black loop appeared to have been added to include Alabama in the storm's projected path
GETTY IMAGES / The black loop appeared to have been added to include Alabama in the storm's projected path
When President Donald Trump updated the US public on Wednesday about Hurricane Dorian, he used a map that at a glance looked identical to one released by forecasters last week.

But observers spotted a difference.

A "cone" showing the storm's probable path appeared to have been extended with a felt-tip pen to include part of the state of Alabama, analysts said.

The president has insisted in recent days Alabama was at risk, though forecasters said that was not correct.

What did President Trump say on Wednesday?

In an Oval Office briefing, Mr Trump pointed to a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) forecast map from 29 August.

The chart had a black loop marked around Alabama that was not on the original version from last week.

Mr Trump told reporters that Dorian "would have affected a lot of other states".

Later on Wednesday at a White House event, when asked about the map discrepancy, Mr Trump offered no explanation. "I don't know," he said.

"I know Alabama was in the original forecast, they thought it would get a piece of it," Mr Trump said.

NOAA directed queries to the White House press office, which did not immediately respond.
 

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The original National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration map did not include a black line around Alabama
 


In its latest Dorian advisory on Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) issued a storm surge warning covering the coasts of Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.

The hurricane hit the Bahamas with winds equalling the highest-ever recorded at landfall, before moving north late on Tuesday. At least 20 people were killed on the archipelago.

What did the president say in recent days about Alabama?

It began on Sunday morning when Mr Trump tweeted: "In addition to Florida - South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama, will most likely be hit (much) harder than anticipated."

Twenty minutes later, the National Weather Service tweeted from Birmingham, Alabama, contradicting the president.

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