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Al Gore fact-checked for ‘fraudulent’ claim about hurricane landfalls

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dcnf-2-1Michael Bastasch, DCNF

Former Vice President Al Gore claimed the world was for the first time in history witnessing hurricanes in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans make landfall simultaneously.

“This is the first time in history that two major storms are making landfall from the Atlantic and the Pacific simultaneously, and each recalls some of their predecessors,” Gore said Friday at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco.

That’s false. Cato Institute atmospheric scientist Ryan Maue was quick to call out Gore for making the false claim. Gore was referring to Hurricane Florence and Super Typhoon Mangkhut.

Gore echoed the claim initially made in an NBC News article published on Sunday, claiming “[i]n rare event, Atlantic, Pacific churn with storms at same time,” adding that “[u]sually when the Pacific is alive with storm energy the Atlantic Ocean is not.”

NBC News suggested two storms churning in two different oceans at the same time could be a symptom of man-made global warming. According to NBC News, seeing two major cyclones, like Hurricane Florence and Super Typhoon Mangkhut, at the same time is rare.

Gore took it further, and claimed this is historically unprecedented. However, it’s not at all rare for hurricanes to churn in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans at the same time, Maue tweeted. It also has nothing to do with global warming.

Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina on Friday as a category 1 storm. Super Typhoon Mangkhut is about to strike the Philippines, packing 160-mile-per-hour winds.

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