Trump off the mark on Puerto Rico hurricane

Staff Writer

President Donald Trump struck false notes in addressing Puerto Rico’s crisis in recent days, exaggerating both the ferocity of a truly ferocious hurricane and the pace of recovery. He also seemed to raise false hope that the territory’s staggering debt would go away.
A look at his remarks during and after his visit to the hurricane-ravaged island:
TRUMP: “This has been the toughest one. This has been a Category 5, which — few people have ever even heard of a Category 5 hitting land. But it hit land and, boy, did it hit land.” — remarks Tuesday in Puerto Rico.
THE FACTS: As terrible as it was, Maria actually made landfall on Puerto Rico as a Category 4 hurricane, not 5. Winds were at 155 mph (249 kph), not 157 (253), the minimum for Category 5. It’s a distinction no doubt lost on Puerto Ricans — the storm was even stronger than Harvey and Irma upon landfall, said National Hurricane Center spokesman Dennis Feltgen. But, “operationally it was a Category 4 hurricane...To see more, please refer to our print or online issue.

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