There is little doubt that Hurricane Florence will be a significant storm as it approaches the coast the the Carolinas and Georgia. A storm of this magnitude will almost certainly cause death and hundreds of millions of dollars in damage and destruction across the region.
As dry air worked into the system yesterday, the storm, which was a Category 4 Hurricane with maximum sustained winds exceeding 130 miles per hour, just two days ago, has weakened overnight to a Category 2 storm, with maximum sustained winds of 110 miles per hour.
This doesn’t mean that the storm isn’t just as dangerous, as the bulk of the damage and possible loss of life will likely come from the 9-foot storm surge or up to 40 inches of rain that meteorologists are predicting. With that said, the President made a tweet this morning which was not only irresponsible, but also a blatant lie.
“We are completely ready for hurricane Florence, as the storm gets even larger and more powerful. Be careful!” he wrote.
While it’s great that the government is ready for this monster named Florence, it’s not so great when the President conflates the situation by claiming that a storm which has weakened somewhat significantly over the last 48 hours, is now “more powerful”. This is in addition to him claiming a couple days ago that Hurricane Florence is the ‘biggest to hit our country”.
Yes, this is a very dangerous storm, and everyone in its path needs to heed the warnings from their local government officials, but the President may want to leave the weather commentary to the professionals. Some may say that it’s not a big deal if he conflates Hurricane Florence, but the real danger comes next time a monster storm is upon us and Trump claims it is the “biggest ever” when it really is, and people won’t believe him.