After days of claiming without evidence that Alabama was projected to be hit by Hurricane Dorian, President Donald Trump displayed an apparently doctored map in the Oval Office on Wednesday that showed Alabama to be within the storm’s path.
The map Trump displayed was the same as a model produced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration last week showing the hurricane’s projected path cutting through central Florida — with one key difference. Where the original projection ended, a smaller, black circle that appeared to be drawn in Sharpie was produced to include Alabama in the model.
“We had actually our original chart that it was going to end up hitting Florida directly,” Trump said, holding the map as he sat in the Oval Office Wednesday alongside Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan. “It was going to be hitting directly, that would have affected a lot of other states. But that was the original chart. It was going to hit not only Florida, Georgia, it was going toward the Gulf [of Mexico]. That was what was originally projected. And it took a right turn and ultimately, hopefully we’re going to be lucky.”
Here is the map Trump displayed:
And here is the original NOAA projection:
“I know that Alabama was in the original forecast, they thought it would get a piece of it,” Trump said. “We have a better map … in all cases Alabama was hit, if not lightly in some cases pretty hard. They gave it a 95 percent chance.”
Asked about the discrepancies with the original map, Trump said: “I don’t know. I don’t know.”
Source: Why does Trump’s hurricane map look different than others? :NBC News