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‘Politicians are improper’ accountable forecasters for inaccurate predictions of Ida’s threats, says former meteorologist

Gary Szatkowski, who was a prime federal forecaster in New Jersey throughout Hurricane Sandy, referred to as out New York politicians for suggesting that forecasters had been unable to foretell the instances and depth of Ida’s threats.

“The politicians are improper,” Szatkowski stated throughout a Friday night interview on CNBC’s “The Information with Shepard Smith.”  “There was lots of warning, there have been lots of forecasts, lots of warnings issued as regards to Ida because it got here into the area with the potential for heavy rainfall.”

At the least 13 individuals within the New York Metropolis space had been killed because the remnants of Hurricane Ida slammed the town with file rain and flooding. New York Metropolis Mayor Invoice de Blasio reiterated Friday that metropolis officers had no thought what was about to hit New York on Wednesday night time. 

“Here is what we didn’t know, that we’d have actually surprising and unprecedented rainfall,” de Blasio stated throughout a media availability. “We had a one-hour interval Wednesday night time that set the all-time file for a single hour within the historical past, the recorded historical past of New York Metropolis, and nobody projected that coming.”

Szatkowski pointed to correct predictions from meteorologists and climate specialists forward of the storm for harmful, even deadly rainfall within the New York space. 

He additionally famous that New York officers might have merely “regarded to their west” to see what was taking place and ship warnings to residents hours earlier than the rain landed within the metropolis.  

“There was flash flooding, torrential rainfall, water rescues first, in Pennsylvania, then into Philadelphia itself, after which to New Jersey, after which it got here into New York Metropolis, and there may be hours and hours, you possibly can watch this coming towards New York Metropolis, and be ready and pay attention to what was about to occur,” stated Szatkowski, a former meteorologist with the Nationwide Climate Service.

Mayor de Blasio’s workplace didn’t instantly reply to CNBC’s request for remark

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