Every hurricane season, especially when an actual storm threatens Florida, elected politicians become quasi-weathermen and women and begin to post storm preparedness lists and minute-to-minute storm update reports.
You can say that it is their job to do so, or that voters expect them to become their de facto weatherman because of the authority they wield.
As Hurricane Dorian, which is expected to strengthen to Category 3, continues to swirl around in the Caribbean and is expected to make landfall somewhere in Florida, Florida’s elected politicians have now put on their rain jackets and start posting updates.
Everyone from Republican Sen. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott, to Democrat Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Alcee Hastings, are making sure that Floridians are made aware of the impending storm.
Oh, and expect your local newsmen to do the same. Will we see POLITICO's rascally political reporter Marc Caputo dawn his rain jacket and "weather" the storm on Miami Beach?
#Dorian now forecast to strengthen into a Cat 2 Hurricane & make landfall somewhere on the east coast of #Florida late Saturday or early Sunday. Please stay tuned to future advisories. #Sayfie #FlaPol https://t.co/SXaUlF9I42
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) August 28, 2019
Forecasters say tropical storm Dorian could make landfall in FL as a category 2 hurricane. It is critical that all Floridians adequately prepare ahead of time should #Dorian make landfall. My office has a prepared a list of resources here: https://t.co/JOpeWOnsOj https://t.co/z0AZFNbgHE
— Alcee L. Hastings (@RepHastingsFL) August 28, 2019