02:55 GMT14 April 2021
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    Donald Trump’s weather-forecasting ability raised eyebrows after he suggested last week that Hurricane Dorian could hit Alabama. The president was widely ridiculed on social media after his forecast proved inaccurate, and Ivanka appears to have become collateral damage.

    Whether or not children should have to pay for the blunders of their parents remains a matter for debate, but Ivanka Trump has just learned what the cost might be.

    The US president’s daughter/adviser has announced a trip to Alabama, where she will visit a tech park on Tuesday. Jokes immediately started pouring in.

    Some users sarcastically inquired whether the First Daughter would be “surveying the hurricane damage” there, while others suggested she was a natural disaster herself.

    Donald Trump tweeted on 1 September that Alabama was among the states that will most likely be hit by Hurricane Dorian, a devastating tropical storm.

    The National Weather Service (NWS) was quick to debunk his forecast, stating that Alabama would not see Dorian’s wrath: “No impacts from Hurricane #Dorian will be felt across Alabama. The system will remain too far east.”

    An ABC reporter fact-checked Trump’s warning the following day, leaving POTUS furious. Trump still stood by his comments, insisting that Alabama could have seen some damage “under certain original scenarios”.

    ​The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – the federal scientific agency that incorporates the NWS – defended Trump last Friday, saying that information provided to the president demonstrated that the winds from Hurricane Dorian could impact Alabama.

    A spokesperson for the agency added: “The Birmingham National Weather Service’s Sunday morning tweet spoke in absolute terms that were inconsistent with probabilities from the best forecast products available at the time.”

    Hurricane Dorian walloped the Virgin Islands and devastated the Bahamas, before going up the US east coast; it only brushed North Carolina and then battered Canada’s Atlantic coast over the weekend. Alabama was spared a hit.

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