Employees in the National Weather Service are & # 39; shocked, stunned and furious & # 39; against their bosses in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for supporting Trump and claiming he was right and said Hurricane Dorian was on his way to Alabama.
In a series of bewildering developments now known as & # 39; Sharpiegate & # 39 ;, the line focuses on the president's tweet on September 1 that the brutal storm is likely to be Alabama & # 39; harder & # 39; would meet than expected. The office of NWS Birmingham quickly gave a tweet to insist that the state was not on the path of the storm.
Trump then defended his statement and insisted that it was based on early information given to him by scientists. At an Oval Office press conference on September 4, he held up a map of August 29 of the path of the storm to prove his point.
That map showed the path of the storm in the direction of North Florida and parts of Georgia. The original, issued by the NOAA, did not show that Alabama was there, but the Trump who stopped had circled the state in black sharpness.
Reporters noted the difference and mentioned the & # 39; doctoring & # 39; of the map & # 39; Sharpiegate & # 39 ;.
On Friday evening – when Dorian rattled along the North East coast and set his sights on New England after rescuing the Bahamas & Carolinas – the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the umbrella agency of which the NWS is a part, issued a statement with the text Trump was right and the NWS Birmingham office was wrong to admonish him.
The President's support now has angry employees within the NWS who say they have been & # 39; thrown under the bus & # 39 ;.
Dan Sobien, president of the National Weather Service Employees Organization who hires 4,000 employees, gave these destructive tweets on Friday evening
& # 39; I have never been so embarrassed by NOAA. What they did is disgusting.
& # 39; I can assure you that the hard-working employees of the NWS had nothing to do with the extremely disgusting and unfair tweet sent by the NOAA management, & # 39; tweeted Dan Sobien, the president of the National Weather Service Employees Organization, which represents 4,000 employees,.
He told it later The Daily Beast: & # 39; Never before has their management thrown them under the bus like this.
& # 39; These are the people who risk their lives by flying in hurricanes and making predictions that save lives. Never before has their management undermined their scientifically based reasoning and predictions. & # 39;
& # 39; What is very important is when the NWS issues a hurricane warning or flash flood warning – it is very important (that) everyone is on the same page. It's hard enough to convince people to evacuate or take cover. If you are confused, this can be very bad.
Dan Sobien, president of the National Weather Service employee association
Sobien said employees are so angry that they are talking about sharp pens to their NOAA t-shirts.
He added that the NOAA statement was not only cruel to them, but that the confusing mixed messages from government agencies charged with evacuating people in severe weather conditions endanger lives.
& # 39; What is very important is when the NWS issues a hurricane warning or flash flood warning – it is very important (that) everyone is on the same page.
& # 39; It's hard enough to convince people to evacuate or seek cover. If you are confused, this can be very bad.
& # 39; Are people going to believe the Hurricane Center or our predictions now? & # 39; he said.
The beginning of the line: on 1 September, Trump issued this tweet warning that Dorian could hit Alabama
The NWS office in Birmingham, Alabama issued a correction to say that the president was wrong
On September 4, Trump held an Oval Office press conference, where on August 29 he held a map of the path of the storm that seemed to have encircled Alabama in black sharpness
A close-up of the map shows how the southeastern tip of Alabama was encircled with a sharpie
This is the original forecast map of August 29 that showed the path of the storm
Trump defended his statements and said he acted on the basis of information from the NOAA
In his statement, the NOAA said the president was acting on the basis of information suggesting that Alabama may have been hit in the early stages of the storm.
& # 39; From August 29 to September 2, information from the NOAA and the National Hurricane Center showed President Trump and the wider public that winds with tropical storms from Hurricane Dorian Alabama could influence.
& # 39; The Sunday morning tweet by the Birmingham National Weather Service spoke in absolute terms that did not match the probabilities from the best forecast available at that time, & # 39; said the statement attributed to an unnamed NOAA spokesperson.
On Friday, Trump blamed the & # 39; fake news media & # 39; for & # 39; fixing & # 39; from his tweet of 1 September.
& # 39; The Fake News Media was fixated on the fact that I rightly said in the beginning of Hurricane Dorian that Alabama can be grazed or hit in addition to Florida and other states.
This is a map of the path of the storm on September 4 – the day that Trump held his Oval Office meeting – showing how Dorian had changed direction
The last: a Saturday, September 7, map shows how Dorian is expected to move past New England in the weekend and hit Maine, Massachusetts, Nova Scotia and then Newfoundland
& # 39; They went crazy, hoping that I made a mistake (which I didn't). View the cards … This nonsense never happened to another president.
& # 39; Four days of corrupt reporting, still without apology. But there are many things for which the Fake News Media have not apologized, such as the Witch Hunt or SpyGate!
& # 39; The LameStream Media and their democrat partner must start playing it immediately. It would be so much better for our country! & # 39; he tweeted on September 6.
Dorian is now moving along the northeast coast at a speed of 25 km / h and is looking at New England.
Hurricane conditions are predicted in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, with tropical storm conditions (heavy rain and wind) probably also in Massachusetts and Maine.
& # 39; On the predicted track, the center of Dorian should go this morning to the southeast of the far southeast of New England and later today and tonight across Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.
& # 39; Preparations to protect life and property must be completed quickly. & # 39;
A house in Nags Head, North Carolina, on Friday when Dorian passed the southern state
The storm first destroyed the Bahamas & destroyed thousands of homes during the week
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