Donald Trump mocked for warning people that Hurricane Florence is going to be 'tremendously wet'

Andy WellsFreelance Writer
Yahoo News UK

Donald Trump’s way with words has once again seen him at the centre of mockery, after he said Hurricane Florence would be ‘tremendously wet’.

As the Category 2 storm looms on the eastern coast of the United States, the President urged residents to prepare for the deluge.

As 130mph winds and torrential downpours are set to hit Virginia and North and South Carolina, Trump said: ‘They haven’t seen anything like what’s coming at us in 25, 30 years, maybe ever.

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<em>Donald Trump has been mocked for his comments on Hurricane Florence (Getty/PA)</em>
Donald Trump has been mocked for his comments on Hurricane Florence (Getty/PA)

‘It’s tremendously big and tremendously wet. A tremendous amount of water.’

Naturally, the President was taken to task for stating the obvious:

Trump previously spoke about about people going out in boats to watch Hurricane Harvey in Texas who subsequently had to be rescued.

He said in June: ‘People went out in their boats to watch the hurricane. That didn’t work out too well. That didn’t work out too well.’

However, neither law enforcement first responders – or anybody else – were able to verify the claim,  according to Politifact.


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While Hurricane Florence has been downgraded to a Category 2 storm, it is still considered an extremely dangerous and life-threatening storm, according to US officials.

Faced with new forecasts that showed a more southerly threat, Georgia’s governor joined his counterparts in Virginia and North and South Carolina in declaring a state of emergency, and some residents who had thought they were safely out of range boarded up their homes.

The National Hurricane Centre’s best guess was that Florence would blow ashore as early as Friday afternoon around the North Carolina-South Carolina border, then push its rainy way westward with a potential for catastrophic inland flooding.

<em>Hurricane Florence looms on the eastern coast of the United States (PA)</em>
Hurricane Florence looms on the eastern coast of the United States (PA)

Night-time winds were down to 110mph from a high of 140mph, and the Category 3 storm fell to a Category 2, with a further slow weakening expected as the storm nears the coast.

The hurricane centre said Florence will approach the coast on Friday and linger for a while before rolling ashore.

<em>The path that Hurricane Florence is likely to take (PA)</em>
The path that Hurricane Florence is likely to take (PA)

More than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to clear out, while airlines have cancelled nearly 1,000 flights.

Power company Duke Energy said Florence could knock out electricity to three-quarters of its four million customers in the Carolinas, and outages could last for weeks.

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