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Trump displays altered weather map showing Dorian could have hit Alabama

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(WSIL) -- President Trump is doubling down on his claim that Dorian was expected to hit Alabama. This, after he was questioned Wednesday about what appears to be an altered map he claims showed Hurricane Dorian's original projected path.

He presented the map during a White House press event Wednesday, but the image appears to have been altered by someone using a black marker. The black marker appears to have been used to draw a semicircle to include the state of Alabama (as shown in the red circle below).

The reason that is significant is because on Sunday, the president falsely tweeted that Dorian was projected to hit Alabama. 

The National Weather Service Birmingham corrected him, saying Alabama was never included in the states expected to see impacts.

At a second White House event on Wednesday, ABC News reports that a reporter attempted to ask the president about the alteration to the map, "That map that you showed us today, looked like it almost had, like, a Sharpie written on it."

President Trump cut off the reporter and said, "I don't know. I don't know. I don't know." ABC News also reports that the president said the map had been from three or four days before, when it had actually been issued six days earlier.

Later, the President took to twitter to double down on his claim that all the models had Dorian striking Alabama.

He posted an image with his tweet from the South Florida Water Management District which shows a spaghetti plot with some paths going into Alabama, but at the bottom, it reads that "NHC (National Hurricane Center) Advisories and County Emergency Statements supersede this product." It goes on to say, "If anything on this graphic causes confusion, ignore the entire product."

Below is the NHC track from the same time. It does not show the cone of uncertainty reaching Alabama. 

You can click here to go to the National Hurricane Center's website to view all the archived tracks for Dorian which began August 24.

Under federal law, it is illegal to pass off a doctored National Weather Service forecast as official.

The law states: “Whoever knowingly issues or publishes any counterfeit weather forecast or warning of weather conditions falsely representing such forecast or warning to have been issued or published by the Weather Bureau, United States Signal Service, or other branch of the Government service, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ninety days, or both."

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