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Trump's Latest Comments To Reporters On Air Force One Leave People Outraged

Donald Trump certainly has a tendency to make comparisons when they're entirely unnecessary, and that in turn tends to leave people with a sour taste in their mouths.

President Trump, downplaying the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, claimed that “we’ve had bigger storms than this.”

According to The Washington Post, the president told reporters last week: “If you go back into the 1930s and the 1940s and you take a look, we’ve had storms over the years that have been bigger than this. If you go back into the teens, you’ll see storms that were as big or bigger. So we did have two horrific storms; epic storms. But if you go back into the ’30s and ’40s and the teens, you’ll see storms that were very similar or even bigger, OK?”

Hurricane Harvey slammed into southern Texas on Aug. 25, battering the area with more than four feet of rain. Flooding caused billions of dollars in damage. Another huge storm, Hurricane Irma, brought death and destruction to Caribbean islands and Florida. This week, Hurricane Maria tore through Puerto Rico, while a major tropical storm menaced the Northeast coast of the United States.

The frequency and intensity of the violent weather have been increasing, due to climate change, according to researchers. The oceans are not only rising; they also are becoming warmer, which fuels hurricanes. Trump rejects scientific evidence concerning climate change. Five years ago, the real-estate tycoon told his Twitter followers that global warming was a Chinese “hoax.” Trump recently withdrew the United States from the Paris climate agreement, which calls for countries to voluntarily set goals for reducing carbon emissions.

White House officials, defending the president’s claim that there have been “bigger storms,” cited a report the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued in 2011. The agency listed hurricanes from 1851 to 2010 that killed the most people and caused the most damage. One of tables in the report indicates that a 1935 hurricane in the Florida Keys had the lowest central pressure ever recorded. Ranking just below that storm were hurricanes in 1932 and 1947. The pressure determines a hurricane’s “intensity,” the Post explained. Hurricane Irma is No. 7 on the list, above a 1915 storm and just below a 1919 hurricane.

However, intensity is not the only factor in determining whether one storm is “bigger” than others. The NOAA noted that in the 30 most destructive hurricanes in history, most of the damage resulted from torrential rain and flooding. Hurricane Harvey unleashed a “1,000-year flood,” a scientific term based on weather records. The storm’s downpours blasted Texas, Louisiana, Tennessee and Kentucky with 33 trillion gallons of water. Another event that ranks high on the list of costliest storms, Hurricane Katrina, flooded 80 percent of New Orleans in 2005.

Another concern is how rapidly recent storms have grown. Hurricane Maria intensified from a tropical depression to a Category 5 hurricane in just two days, the fastest on record. Hurricanes Irma, Harvey and Jose also grew quickly. The “rapid escalation” phenomenon “sets the stage for worst-case scenarios,” according to Chris Mooney, an environmental reporter for the Post. He explained that fast-growing hurricanes give people less time to evacuate or prepare.

Source: Washington Post
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