President Donald Trump is still saying Hurricane Dorian posed an early threat to Alabama, even as the storm pounds the East Coast.
“In the one model through Florida, the Great State of Alabama would have been hit or grazed,” he tweeted Thursday morning. “In the path it took, no.”
Trump made the online post just as the hurricane was creeping up the East Coast, battering South Carolina with strong wind and heavy rain.
It came after the president on Wednesday showed a nearly week-old map that seemed to have a hand-drawn extension of Dorian’s cone of uncertainty, pushing it into part of Alabama.
“Few, if any, meteorologists put Alabama in the hurricane’s path,” AP News reports.
So how did the marking get on the map?
“A spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security said that he was unclear what the black line on the map was referring to” before referring questions to the White House, according to The New York Times.
On Wednesday night, Trump took to Twitter with another map that seemed to show the storm’s possible paths into Alabama. It was dated Aug. 28.
“As you can see, almost all models predicted it to go through Florida also hitting Georgia and Alabama,” he said. “I accept the Fake News apologies!”
The map he tweeted from the South Florida Water Management District also says: “If anything on this graphic causes confusion, ignore this entire product.”
The chatter about Alabama started earlier this week, when Trump tweeted some Southeastern states — including Alabama — could face danger from the hurricane.
The situation prompted a clarification from forecasters.
“Alabama will NOT see any impacts from #Dorian,” the National Weather Service’s Birmingham office said.