Hurricane Florence would be so powerful and devastating it would turn newscasts into nature “a hike through the Book of Revelation,” former vice president Al Gore announced at San Francisco’s “Global Climate Action Summit.”
“Some people evidently can still deny the reality,” said Gore, claiming Florence was so powerful it could potentially kill thousands. Just hours later Florence would make landfall as a Category One hurricane, the lowest classification a hurricane can receive. Within hours it was downgraded to a “tropical storm.”
Florence dropped 30 inches of rain across much of its affected region. While that created widespread flooding, it’s largely attributable to the low-powered storm moving slowly. Thirty inches of rain doesn’t even put Florence on the list of 10 wettest U.S. storms.
But that wasn’t the only lie Gore told in his speech.
“This is the first time in history that two major storms are making landfall from the Atlantic and the Pacific simultaneously,” Gore bellowed to the uninformed crowd.
“Such statements show that he is not familiar with the history of tropical cyclone landfalls,” University of Colorado Boulder meteorologist Roger A. Pielke Sr. tells The Washington Times.
The Times reports Gore took an NBC report noting such events occur infrequently, as hurricane landfalls themselves occur only a few times a year, and exaggerated it into “the first time in history.”
It’s not the first time Gore has recently lied about hurricanes to get attention.
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