DONALD Trump has repeatedly suggested dropping nuclear bombs into hurricanes to stop them from hitting the US, reports claim.
The US President reportedly proposed the idea – branded “dangerous” by experts – during meetings with national security officials.
Hurricane Harvey (pictured) was one of the most devastating storms in the past decade[/caption]
Donald Trump has repeatedly suggested dropping nuclear bombs into hurricanes, reports claim[/caption]
According to news website Axios, Trump asked in a hurricane briefing: “I got it. I got it. Why don’t we nuke them?”
“They start forming off the coast of Africa, as they’re moving across the Atlantic, we drop a bomb inside the eye of the hurricane and it disrupts it. Why can’t we do that?”
An official is understood to have responded: “Sir, we’ll look into that.”
The report cites unnamed sources who have heard the president’s private remarks and been briefed on a National Security Council memorandum that recorded those comments.
Trump raised the same issue on another occasion with a senior administration official in 2017, according to the report.
A White House spokesman said: “We don’t comment on private discussions that the president may or may not have had with his national security team.”
Trump’s idea is not a new one as the suggestion was first made by a government scientist in the 1950s, under President Dwight Eisenhower.
The proposal continues to pop up, even though scientists agree it would not work.
‘NOT A GOOD IDEA’
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has a page dedicated to the concept.
“During each hurricane season, there always appear suggestions that one should simply use nuclear weapons to try and destroy the storms,” the NOAA said.
“Not only would a bomb not alter a storm, the winds would quickly spread radioactive fallout over nearby land,” NOAA added.
“Needless to say, this is not a good idea,” said NOAA.
In response to the Axios report, NBC Meteorologist John Morales branded the idea “futile and dangerous”.
He tweeted: “Over my 35 years as a meteorologist I have received calls & handwritten letters from people proposing this.
“I gently try to explain to them that according to @NASA a hurricane can expend as much energy as 10,000 nuclear bombs during its life cycle. Futile and obviously dangerous.”
The US is regularly pummelled by hurricanes.
The 2017 hurricane season was a particularly devastating one — the costliest in US history at more than $200 billion in damages.
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Category 4 storm Harvey became the strongest hurricane to make landfall in 12 years as it battered the Texas Gulf Coast.
Hurricanes Irma and Maria also wreaked havoc and caused widespread devastation.
The Axios report was published as Tropical Storm Dorian gathered strength over the Atlantic and looked set to intensify to hurricane strength.