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Rush Limbaugh said Tuesday that predictions of vast "doom and gloom" from Hurricane Florence are meant "to heighten the belief in climate change."
While discussing on his talk radio show the latest news about Hurricane Florence as the category 4 storm works its way towards the East Coast, the conservative political commentator told his listeners to be wary of forecasts that are "made-to-order for the climate change/global warming crowd."
"This is, they tell us, one of the most powerful hurricanes this far north, ever. And, of course, why is that? Well, that would be sea surface temperature. And why is that warmer ...? There you go! Climate change," Limbaugh said, according to a show transcript. "It's being accepted as a non-argumentative fact. I don't care what meteorologist you watch or read, website or what have you. All of this seems to be acknowledged fact. So, we're keeping an eye on that."
"Also, these things have become very politicized as you know, folks," he added. "Hurricanes and hurricane forecasting is much like much else that the left has gotten its hands on, and they politicize these things."
"For those of you asking, 'What's the politics of a hurricane?' Climate change is the politics of hurricanes," Limbaugh continued. "The forecast and the destruction potential doom and gloom is all to heighten the belief in climate change. My experience is that the storms are bad; you don't want to get into arguments over degrees."
Limbaugh went on to criticize coverage of the hurricane in the media, which he said is "getting ready to portray Hurricane Florence" as President Trump's equivalent of 2005's Hurricane Katrina.
"Do not doubt me," Limbaugh warned. "No matter what happens in the aftermath here, Trump is going to be blamed for this hurricane and its aftermath, and they're gonna be calling it Trump's Katrina - even, maybe, before it hits. You watch."
A report from Duke Energy on Wednesday stated that between 1 million and 3 million people will likely lose power when Hurricane Florence makes landfall later this week. The electric power holding company, which has roughly 4 million customers in North and South Carolina, also said it could take several weeks to restore the electricity.
Govs. Henry McMaster (R) of South Carolina and Roy Cooper (D) of North Carolina have both declared states of emergency and ordered evacuations from coastal areas ahead of the storm.
Limbaugh received backlash last year after he similarly suggested on his show that warnings about Hurricane Irma were driven by political agendas around climate change.