President Trump Called Hurricane Michael ‘A Big Tornado’ And Somehow Wasn’t Wrong

President Trump Called Hurricane Michael ‘A Big Tornado’ And Somehow Wasn’t Wrong

A meteorologist came to his defense — though it pained him to do so.

As much as we hate to admit it, President Trump might have been right about something.

On Wednesday, the president briefed reporters on the disaster preparedness being done for Hurricane Michael as it hits the Florida panhandle.

In describing the pending storm, Trump told the media it was “like a big tornado, a massive tornado,” adding: “I say God bless you all.”

Considering Trump described “Hurricane Florence” as “one of the wettest we’ve ever seen from the standpoint of water,” many Twitter users immediately assumed the president was wrong about this.

And they were quick to judge …

Um no, it’s like a hurricane because it is a hurricane. 🙄

— Janice (@3310jj) October 10, 2018

More like, from the standpoint of hurricanes, this is the biggest tornado ever.

— Morgan Rae (@MorganRaeBerk) October 10, 2018

so i guess i'm just going to assume that someone showed him a picture like this and he just thought "that's big and spiral-y, like a tornado."

— Brett Craycraft (@CraycraftBrett) October 10, 2018

But the president did get support from an unexpected source: An actual weather expert.

Minnesota-based meteorologist Eric Holthaus came to Trump’s defense on Twitter, while making sure to note that it pained him to do so.

In this (rare) case, POTUS is not wrong.

Very high-end hurricanes have damage similar to large tornados but over a much bigger area. A tornado is usually 1-mile wide or so. Michael's core winds are about 30 miles wide.

— Eric Holthaus (@EricHolthaus) October 10, 2018

Hey, even a broken clock is right twice a day, right?


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