By Jon Dougherty

(NationalSentinel) President Donald Trump on Friday blasted the mainstream “fake news media” anew for excoriating him over a statement he made last week that Hurricane Dorian, at one point, was forecast to “graze or hit” the state of Alabama.

In an effort to make his point, the president repeatedly referenced his Alabama claim on Twitter, even referencing a map he said vindicated his claim.

“The Fake News Media was fixated on the fact that I properly said, at the beginnings of Hurricane Dorian, that in addition to Florida & other states, Alabama may also be grazed or hit. They went Crazy, hoping against hope that I made a mistake (which I didn’t). Check out maps,” he wrote.

“This nonsense has never happened to another President. Four days of corrupt reporting, still without an apology,” he continued.

“But there are many things that the Fake News Media has not apologized to me for, like the Witch Hunt, or SpyGate! The LameStream Media and their Democrat partner should start playing it straight. It would be so much better for our Country,” the president said.

On Saturday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said in a new statement that a number of briefings that were provided to the president substantiated his claim that Alabama could have been targeted had the storm not shipped.

“From Wednesday, Aug. 28, through Monday, Sept. 2, the information provided by NOAA and the National Hurricane Center to President Trump and the wider public demonstrated that tropical storm-force winds from Hurricane Dorian could impact Alabama,” NOAA said.

“This is clearly demonstrated in Hurricane Advisories #15 through #41, which can be viewed at the following link,” the agency said in a statement.

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“The Birmingham National Weather Service’s Sunday morning tweet spoke in absolute terms that were inconsistent with probabilities from the best forecast products available at the time.”

On Thursday the Birmingham office tweeted that the storm was not projected to hit Alabama.

“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,” the Birmingham office said.

But, Rear Adm. Peter Brown, a Homeland Security and counterterrorism advisor, said in a statement on Sept. 5 that he personally briefed the president several times on the position, forecast, risks, and government response to Dorian using several  models that sought to predict the storm’s path and where its eye would be. (Related: Media-driven pseudo-event: Alabama National Guard mobilized for Hurricane Dorian, but why was this even a ‘story?’)

“The president and I also reviewed other products including multiple meteorological models (often called the “spaghetti models”) and graphics that displayed the time of onset and geographical range of tropical storm-force winds, storm surge, and rainfall. These products showed possible storm impacts well outside the official forecast cone,” Brown said.

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“While speaking to the press on Sunday, Sept. 1, the president addressed Hurricane Dorian and its potential impact on multiple states, including Alabama,” he continued.

“The president’s comments were based on that morning’s Hurricane Dorian briefing, which included the possibility of tropical storm-force winds in southeastern Alabama. In fact, from the evening of Tuesday, Aug. 27, until the morning of Monday, Sept. 2, forecasts from the National Hurricane Center showed the possibility of tropical storm-force winds hitting parts of Alabama.”


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