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Meteorologists Call Out Trump For Falsely Claiming Tennessee ‘Tornadoes Were Of Record Size & Velocity’

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Meteorologists Call Out Trump For Falsely Claiming Tennessee ‘Tornadoes Were Of Record Size & Velocity’





Meteorologists on Wednesday were quick to fact-check a false claim made by President Trump on Twitter after he incorrectly claimed that the deadly tornadoes that ravaged portions of Tennessee on Tuesday “were of record size & velocity.”

“I will be going to the Great State of Tennessee on Friday,” Trump tweeted. “The USA stands with the people of Tennessee 100%, whatever they need! The tornadoes were of record size & velocity.”

“God bless your loved ones & all of the families affected! Thanks to @GovBillLee & @MarshaBlackburn,” he added.



Atmospheric scientist Matthew Cappucci responded to the false claim on Twitter, writing: “The tornadoes in Tennessee were devastating and tragic, but they did not break size or velocity records. Velocity record: 301 mph. May 3, 1999 near Moore, Oklahoma.”

“Size record: 2.6 miles in diameter. May 31, 2013,” he added. “Facts are integral in the field of science and record-keeping.”

Rescue workers on Wednesday combed through some shattered middle Tennessee neighborhoods after tornadoes ripped through the region, killing at least 24, some of whom have been identified.




The storm left destruction in its wake as it leveled homes and businesses, snapped trees and utility poles and scattered debris and shattered glass. Thousands remain without power.





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