Sharpie-Gate? Trump Shows Apparently Altered Hurricane Map

Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

U.S. President Donald Trump showed a map of Hurricane Dorian’s projected path on Wednesday that appeared to have been altered with a Sharpie pen to include the state of Alabama, which was never in harm’s way.

In a White House video released on Wednesday Trump points to an official weather chart dated Aug. 29 showing the states that could be hit in what the National Hurricane Center calls the “cone of uncertainty.” A curved line had been added to the cone on the chart to show a risk that Dorian could move from Florida to Alabama.

“It was going to hit not only Florida, but Georgia, it could have, it was going towards the Gulf, that was what we, what was originally projected…,” Trump says in the video.

Dorian was never projected to be heading toward the Gulf of Mexico, where Alabama has a coastline.

Trump at the weekend in a tweet had named Alabama as one of the states that could be hit. The National Weather Service denied that in its own tweet 20 minutes later.

“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 National Weather Service in Alabama tweeted.

When reporters later asked Trump whether the chart had been drawn on with a Sharpie pen, the president said: “I don’t know; I don’t know.”

(Reporting by Kevin Fogarty; writing by Bill Tarrant; Editing by Leslie Adler)

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Sherri
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Maybe people should look at the original projections (and there are liars out there saying it was never projected to his AL…..but it was). As for sharpie gate LOL – I bet all the Trump haters think Trump drew that – LOL.

Norman Schain
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The buffoon in chief should spend less time golfing and more time doing what all you apologists voted him in for. He is a con man and a fool and I wonder when you all will realize it and stop excusing his unacceptable behavior and blaming others for it.

Cherl
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OH! The horror! Believe in God don’t believe in God. I don’t want to hear it. To the believers, God knows. Meteorologists guess with all their scientific equipment. Reuters doesn’t mention who “altered with a Sharpie pen”. But insinuate that it must be President Trump. More TDS

Otis
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Whatta non-story.

Karin Callaway
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I live down here. and that was the first map I saw from the weather forecasting. So you all can just stuff it. For over a week we have lived under the meteorologist guesses of what might happen. There is no rhyme or reason for assuming that the first offer is set in stone. Living in the upper middle of the peninsula I was worried about the Himmacane coming through the area, then making a u-turn an going back across like it did before. if you meatheads want to make up your own stories that is your prerogative. But don’t… Read more »

Phoenix
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This type of thing is better left to the Daily Show or Weekend Update variety of news vs Reuters. It’s funny and pretty sad on the President’s part, but in terms of national news it really shouldn’t qualify.

Nancy Janzen
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Nancy Janzen

Remember 2017? NWS never predicted weeks of flooding rain in the Houston area from Hurricane Harvey nor that it would go back out to sea and hit Louisiana too. At least not until it was too late. In fact I was in their cone of uncertaintiy 400 miles south of Houston, 200 miles south of original landfall. It rained twice.

Glenda Weekley
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Glenda Weekley

Might be a good thing to point out that CNN’s map eliminated Alabama and put Mississippi in its place. Try to remember that nobody was sure where it was going, including TWC. It could have crossed Florida and gone into the Gulf, thus involving NW Florida AND Alabama even if downgraded by then.

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