President Trump has warned that Hurricane Florence will be "tremendously large and tremendously humid" like the devastating storm barrels to the United States.
In a White House report on the storm, Trump said Florence would be the largest to reach the Carolinas and Virginia "maybe sometime," as forecasters predicted that people will die when they make landfall later this week.
He later mocked the president for his choice of words and came under criticism after he suggested that The government's response to last year's disaster in Puerto Rico was an "unrecognized success".
President Trump warned that Hurricane Florence will be "tremendously large and tremendously wet" when it makes landfall later this week, bringing destruction to the east coast
Trump also said that the hurricane would be the worst to hit the region "maybe sometime", and then mocked his apparent lack of understanding.
Trump made the observation after being asked what lessons he had learned from the destruction caused by Hurricane Maria.
He said: "The work that FEMA and the police did and everyone did, working together with the governor in Puerto Rico, I think it was tremendous.
"I think Puerto Rico was an incredible and unrecognized success." Texas has been given A-pluses for. Florida has given us A-pluses for.
"I think somehow the best job we did was in Puerto Rico, but nobody would understand, I mean it's harder to understand."
The comment comes just days after the researchers said that the number of deaths by hurricane was 2,975, more than twice the official estimate of 1,400 and much higher than the recorded toll of 64.
Researchers at the School of Public Health at the Milken Institute at George Washington University said the official count was low in part because doctors were not trained to certify deaths after a disaster.
Trump also suggested that his response to last year's disaster in Puerto Rico was an "unrecognized success," prompting a fierce reaction.
Caremn Yulin Cruz, the mayor of the capital of Puerto Rico, San Juan, who clashed with Trump last year, tweeted this message, and then called his words "despicable."
Carmen Yulín Cruz, mayor of the capital of Puerto Rico, San Juan, who repeatedly confronted Trump after the disaster, responded quickly to her last comment.
She tweeted: & # 39; Success? The federal response according to Trump in Puerto Rico was a success? If he thinks that the death of 3,000 people is a success [then] God helps us all. & # 39;
Speaking to Anderson Cooper later that night on CNN, he added: "The president continues to add insult to injury, I think his words are despicable, they really have no connection with reality.
"This shows that for him everything is about him and his political position." Man has no idea, no solidarity, no sympathy, no empathy for anything that does not make him look good.
– Well, I'm sorry, sir, but it's your fault. You did not do a good job in Puerto Rico. This was a despicable act of negligence on behalf of his administration. "
Stephen Colbert also made fun of the President's comments during a segment of his program on Tuesday night entitled "Water is wet."
"Today, President Trump held a briefing on the government's plan for Hurricane Florence in which he showed his understanding of the details," joked Colbert.
The next clip showed Trump saying that the hurricane would be "tremendously humid" and that the audience would laugh it out.
Trump was ridiculed for his response at the time Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico after taking almost two weeks to visit the destroyed island.
When he finally arrived, he began throwing paper towels at the crowd like basketballs, prompting accusations that he did not take the crisis seriously.
Trump spoke after Maria's unofficial death toll in Puerto Rico increased to 2,975 from the total of just 64.
Then he went on to criticize Trump's comments in Puerto Rico, adding: "Feeling the seriousness of the occasion, Trump respectfully did not realize himself, for almost a minute before reminding everyone of the great job he did with the last hurricane. & # 39;
After a clip of Trump proclaiming the response as an "unrecognized success," Colbert said: "He's right, it was definitely forgotten, maybe because nobody could connect his microphones because it took 11 months to restore the energy.
& # 39; Then you know what? Let's sing now: Youuuuuu totally suuuuucked! Take your paper towels and tighten them.
Trump was ridiculed at the time of the disaster by taking almost two weeks to visit the island, before throwing paper towels like basketballs at the crowd that came to greet him.
The power authority of Puerto Rico announced in August that the electricity had been completely restored, almost a year after Maria attacked.
Maria was a category 4 hurricane when it hit the impoverished island on September 20, after Hurricane Irma.
Hurricane Florence, which will land in the Carolinas and Virginia this week, is currently a Category 4 but is expected to strengthen again.
Meteorologists warned that up to 25 million people could be directly affected by the storm, and that millions more will suffer side effects.
Winds of up to 157 mph are expected to cause great devastation and loss of life, and some estimate that the final repair bill could reach 30 billion dollars.
More than one million people in coastal areas have been forced to evacuate their homes, while others have been warned to act immediately to ensure that they stay safe.