US Limbaugh's dismissal of Irma 'panic' riles forecasters

12:35  07 september  2017
12:35  07 september  2017 Source:   Associated Press

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New York - Rush Limbaugh has created a storm of his own by suggesting that the " panic " caused by Hurricane Irma benefits retailers, the media and politicians seeking action on The powerful Hurricane Irma is still in the Atlantic Ocean, but forecasters warn it could affect Florida by the weekend.

NEW YORK — Rush Limbaugh has created a storm of his own by suggesting that the “ panic ” caused by Hurricane Irma benefits retailers, the media and politicians seeking action on climate change. The conservative radio personality’ s swerve into meteorology had Al Roker, the “Today” show weatherman

FILE - This May 14, 2012 file photo shows conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh speaking during a ceremony inducting him into the Hall of Famous Missourians in the state Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo. Limbaugh has created a storm of his own by suggesting that the © The Associated Press FILE - This May 14, 2012 file photo shows conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh speaking during a ceremony inducting him into the Hall of Famous Missourians in the state Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo. Limbaugh has created a storm of his own by suggesting that the "panic" caused by Hurricane Irma benefits retailers, the media and politicians who are seeking action on climate change. Al Roker, the "Today" show weatherman, said on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, that Limbaugh was putting people's lives at risk. (AP Photo/Julie Smith, File)

NEW YORK — Rush Limbaugh has created a storm of his own by suggesting that the "panic" caused by Hurricane Irma benefits retailers, the media and politicians seeking action on climate change.

Richard Branson Is Riding Out Hurricane Irma in His Wine Cellar

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Limbaugh has created a storm of his own by suggesting that the “ panic ” caused by Hurricane Irma benefits retailers, the media and politicians who are seeking action on climate The powerful Hurricane Irma is still in the Atlantic Ocean, but forecasters warn it could affect Florida by the weekend.

Rush Limbaugh has created a storm of his own by suggesting that the " panic " caused by Hurricane Irma benefits retailers, the media and politicians seeking action on climate change.The conservative radio personality' s swerve into meteorology had Al Roker

The conservative radio personality's swerve into meteorology had Al Roker, the "Today" show weatherman, saying Wednesday that Limbaugh was putting people's lives at risk.

Limbaugh's lengthy soliloquy on his radio show the day before was apparently set off by seeing a rush on supplies of bottled water in south Florida, where he lives. The powerful Hurricane Irma is still in the Atlantic Ocean, but forecasters warn it could affect Florida by the weekend.

"There is a desire to advance this climate change agenda, and hurricanes are one of the fastest and best ways to do it," Limbaugh said. "You can accomplish a lot just by creating fear and panic. You don't need a hurricane to hit anywhere. All you need is to create the fear and panic accompanied by talk that climate change is causing hurricanes to become more frequent and bigger and dangerous."

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NEW YORK (AP) — Rush Limbaugh has created a storm of his own by suggesting that the " panic " caused by Hurricane Irma benefits retailers, the media and politicians The powerful Hurricane Irma is still in the Atlantic Ocean, but forecasters warn it could affect Florida by the weekend.

Limbaugh has created a storm of his own by suggesting that the " panic " caused by Hurricane Irma benefits retailers, the media and politicians who are seeking action on climate The powerful Hurricane Irma is still in the Atlantic Ocean, but forecasters warn it could affect Florida by the weekend.

Businesses that sell supplies like batteries and water prosper amid fears of an impending hurricane, he said.

"The media benefits with the panic, with increased eyeballs," he said, "and the retailers benefit from the panic with increased sales, and the TV companies benefit because they're getting advertising dollars from the businesses that are seeing all this attention from customers."

He said the media makes impending storms appear bigger and more dangerous than they are. "These storms, once they actually hit, are never as strong as they're reported," he said.

The constant challenge for authorities during an approaching hurricane is persuading people to get out of harm's way, a task made more difficult by instances where storm tracks shift and predicted mayhem doesn't materialize. Florida Gov. Rick Scott urged Floridians to keep a close eye on Irma, prepare for the worst and not ignore an evacuation order when it is issued.

Katia becomes a tropical storm as it moves further into Mexico

  Katia becomes a tropical storm as it moves further into Mexico The storm is expected to further weaken as it moves inland, and is expected to disspate Saturday. A tropical storm warning is in effect from Rio Panuco to Puerto Veracruz, and the hurricane warning for Cabo Rojo and Laguna Verde has been downgraded to a tropical storm warning. Katia is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 10 to 15 inches over northern Veracruz, eastern Hidalgo, and Puebla, the National Hurricane Center said.Katia formed in the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday, as the powerful Hurricane Irma moved on its destructive path through the Caribbean with Hurricane Jose not far behind.

Limbaugh has created a storm of his own by suggesting that the " panic " caused by Hurricane Irma benefits retailers, the media and politicians who are seeking action on climate The powerful Hurricane Irma is still in the Atlantic Ocean, but forecasters warn it could affect Florida by the weekend.

NEW YORK — Rush Limbaugh has created a storm of his own by suggesting that the " panic " caused by Hurricane Irma benefits retailers, the media and politicians seeking action The powerful Hurricane Irma is still in the Atlantic Ocean, but forecasters warn it could affect Florida by the weekend.

Their task is made more difficult when an influential figure like Limbaugh delivers a contradictory message.

"We have to be very vigilant," Roker said on MSNBC. "There are some out there who say we should ignore this, that it's hype. That it's fake news. That it's part of a climate change kind of conspiracy. It is not. This is life threatening. It could be devastating, and if anyone tells you otherwise, it is almost criminal."

Roker didn't mention Limbaugh's name on MSNBC, but on Twitter, he made it clear whom he was referring to.

Limbaugh's voice is part of the "noise" of uninformed opinions that is detrimental to getting a clear message across to citizens, said Bryan Norcross, senior hurricane specialist at The Weather Channel. But he's less concerned than Roker, believing that most people know that their local authorities are the most important voices to listen to in the case of an impending storm, and that Limbaugh is not a weather expert.

"People may love Rush for many things, but they're not going to ask him what the pain in their chest is all about," Norcross said. "They're going to go to their doctor."

Norcross said he's concerned about climate change and that research may show that man's impact on the environment fuels more powerful hurricanes. Right now, he said, he's more concerned about the impact of Irma.

Limbaugh briefly addressed the issue again on his Wednesday show, apparently upset that Ben Jacobs, a political reporter at The Guardian, tweeted that the radio host was "a hurricane denier."

Irma damage expected to reach $18 billion in the US .
Insured losses from Hurricane Irma could total $18 billion in the U.S., far less than anticipated when the storm was barreling toward Florida's east coast as a Category 4 monster but still among the nation's worst. Karen Clark and Co., a Boston-based company that analyzes risk, estimated total losses, including the Caribbean, at $25 billion. Florida accounts for most of the $18 billion in the U.S., followed by Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama. The estimate covers damage to buildings and their contents, other insured structures, and vehicles and the disruption to business. It does not include crop losses or losses covered by the nation's flood insurance program, Clark said.

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