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National Hurricane Center chief shuts down CNN’s Don Lemon trying to link Hurricane Ian to climate change


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CNN’s Don Lemon was arrested by the acting director of NOAA’s National Hurricane Center on Tuesday after asking about the effect of climate change on Hurricane Ian.

Jamie Rhome joined CNN’s “Don Lemon Tonight” to talk about Hurricane Ian, which is approaching the cost of Florida as it possibly strengthens into a Category 5 storm.

Lemon noted that meteorologists said Hurricane Ian could be entering “another period of rapid intensification” and asked Rhome what effect climate change was having on the “phenomena.”

“We can come back and talk about climate change later. I want to focus on the here and now. We think the rapid intensification is probably almost over. There could be a bit more intensification because it’s still on the warm waters of the eastern Gulf of Mexico, but I don’t think we’ll get any faster intensification,” Rhome said.

“Listen, I’m just trying to understand, you said you wanted to talk about climate change. But what effect is climate change having on this phenomenon that’s happening right now? Because it looks like these storms are step up. That’s the question,” Lemon said. asked again.

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CNN’s Don Lemon discusses the latest updates on Hurricane Ian.
(Screenshot/CNN/DonLemonTonight)

“I don’t think you can tie climate change to a specific event. Overall, overall, climate change can make storms worse. But to tie it to a specific event, I would caution against that,” Rhome said. .

Lemon said he grew up in Florida and added that something causes these storms to intensify. He asked Rhome about which parts of Florida were not going to be “directly affected” by the storm.

“It’s really going to be a big event not only for Florida, but also for Georgia and South Carolina,” Rhome said.

“Florida’s coastline has been massively developed. Is this impending storm a warning about that, given the strength of the storms we’re seeing now, as I’ve said before, much more intense than in my 50s on this earth growing up on the Gulf Coast?” Lemon followed.

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This GOES-East GeoCcolor satellite image taken at 12:41 a.m. EDT Wednesday, September 28, 2022 and provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), shows Hurricane Ian over the Gulf of Mexico.

This GOES-East GeoCcolor satellite image taken at 12:41 a.m. EDT Wednesday, September 28, 2022 and provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), shows Hurricane Ian over the Gulf of Mexico.
(NOAA via AP)

Rhome said a lot of people are moving to Florida and added that they don’t have much experience with hurricanes. “I’m really worried about them, hoping they are, rather than trying to tackle this one on their own, they’re taking the advice of local officials,” he continued.

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CNN's Don Lemon speaks at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government Institute of Politics on February 22, 2019 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  (Paul Marotta/Getty Images)

CNN’s Don Lemon speaks at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government Institute of Politics on February 22, 2019 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. (Paul Marotta/Getty Images)

CNN recently announced that Lemon will be ending “Don Lemon Tonight” as the anchor is set to move on to the network’s new morning show.

Lemon, in addition to Poppy Harlow and Kaitlan Collins, will host CNN’s new “reimagined” morning program that will replace “New Day.”

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