The National Weather Service (NWS) in a tweet Sunday rebutted US President Donald Trump’s claim that Hurricane Dorian will impact the state of 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 NWS’s office in Birmingham, Alabama, tweeted Sunday morning.
The NWS’s tweet came around 20 minutes after Trump claimed that Alabama was among the states expected to be hit by the storm.
As of around 6:30 a.m. ET Monday, the message remains on the president’s Twitter feed.
In remarks to reporters outside the White House on Sunday, he had repeated the assertion.
“We don’t know where it’s going to hit but we have an idea. Probably a little bit different than the original course. The original course was dead into Florida.
“Now it seems to be going up to toward South Carolina, toward North Carolina. Georgia is going to be hit. Alabama is going to get a piece of it, it looks like. But it can change its course again and it could go back more toward Florida.”
Despite the correction, he also said Alabama could be impacted in a briefing at the Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters later on Sunday.
“And Alabama could even be in for at least some very strong winds and something more than that, it could be. This just came up, unfortunately,” said Trump.
“It’s the size of the storm that we’re talking about. So, for Alabama, just please be careful also.”
On Monday morning, the White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the president’s claims that the storm will impact Alabama.
Hurricane Dorian slammed into the Bahamas on Sunday and Monday, with winds recorded in excess of 175 miles per hour (282 kilometer per hour) winds, and storm surge waters rising as high as 23 feet (seven meters) above their usual levels.
According to the National Hurricane Center,the “hurricane will move dangerously close to the Florida east coast tonight through Wednesday evening.”
The states of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina have all declared states of emergency, and more than one million people have been ordered to evacuate coastal areas in the three southernmost of those states.
Late Sunday, Trump retweeted a message from the National Hurricane Center, warning of “life-threatening storm surge and hurricane-force winds are expected along portions of the Florida east coast through mid-week.”