Tropical Storms and Hurricanes are notoriously difficult to predict. Back during Hurricane Floyd, they evacuated Savannah, GA expecting it to hit, and it hit further up the coast. After all, just ask Jim Cantore of the Weather Channel just how unpredictable a storm can be. Just don’t ask Rush Limbaugh. He thinks that they are conspiracies to destroy the Republican Party.
In what is probably an effort to divert attention from memories of one of the worst natural disasters in recent American memory, Rush Limbaugh blamed the cancellation of the first day of the GOP Convention on Obama tampering with the forecasts so that it would seem like it was going to hit Tampa, FL.
Hurricane Isaac is going to hit New Orleans, the site of one of George W. Bush’s worst responses to a disaster. This is dredging up memories of the Bush Administration’s blundering regarding Katrina.
Limbaugh stated on his radio show that “With none of this am I alleging conspiracy.” He went on to point out that the Hurricane Center is run by the government, and went on to say “What could be better for the Democrats than the Republicans to cancel a day of this? …I’m alleging no conspiracy. I’m just telling you, folks, when you put this all together in this timeline, I’m telling you, it’s unbelievable!”
No, Limbaugh, you’re not alleging a conspiracy- you’re flat out saying that there was one.
Actually, even though Isaac did not hit Florida directly, a hurricane just going by can cause major disruptions. In 1985, Hurricane Elena struck not far from where Isaac is going to make landfall. It dumped a good five to seven inches of rain on Tampa and caused major disruptions to Hillsborough County. Just because a storm isn’t going to hit directly doesn’t mean that it isn’t a threat.
Just ask Jim Cantore.