(SOUNDBITE) (English) NEIL JACOBS, NOAA'S ACTING ADMINISTRATOR, SAYING: "Weather should not be a partisan issue." The acting administrator of the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration defended the agency on Tuesday, amid concerns that it had become politicized during Hurricane Dorian.
The controversy started September 1st when President Donald Trump tweeted a warning for much of the U.S. Southeast, including Alabama.
But the National Weather Service office in Birmingham quickly responded, saying the state would not see any impacts from Dorian.
Days later, NOAA sought to quash the controversy with an unsigned statement.
It suggested the Birmingham office tweet was inconsistent with NOAA forecasting probabilities.
Neil Jacobs, NOAA's acting head, later defended the Birmingham office in a speech Tuesday.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) NEIL JACOBS, NOAA'S ACTING ADMINISTRATOR, SAYING: "What it did not say, however, is that we understand and fully support the good intent of the Birmingham Weather Forecast Office, which was to calm fears in support public safety." Trump, meanwhile, has stood by his original tweet, going as far as showing a dated and altered forecast map of the hurricane.
(SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, SAYING: "We had, actually, our original chart was that it was going to be hitting Florida directly.
Maybe I could just see that, Kevin.
It was going to be hitting directly and that would've affected a lot of other states." The map included a black line drawn around Alabama's southeast coast, extending from the actual potential track area that was forecast.
Dorian eventually became a category 5 storm, pummeling the Bahamas where it killed at least 50 people.
The storm then turned north and hugged the U.S. Atlantic coast.
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[NFA] A caisson bore the body of the lawmaker and civil rights icon who marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in 1965 and was met with a bloody police crackdown that drew national awareness to the fight for voting rights. This report produced by Zachary Goelman.
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John Lewis said it will shut two full-size department stores in Birmingham and Watford, four At Home shops in Croydon, Newbury, Swindon and Tamworth, as well as two travel hub outlets at Heathrow and St Pancras.It said the eight shops were already “financially challenged” before the coronavirus pandemic, which has ramped up the shift towards online shopping.
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Isaias, downgraded from a hurricane but still a powerful tropical storm, moved along Florida's eastern coast on Sunday, bringing strong winds but no longer posing a storm surge threat. This report produced by Chris Dignam.
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