(Salon) -- “It’s about to get real,” Matt Drudge, perhaps the president’s most powerful media backer, ominously tweeted on Thursday. The Drudge Report founder, who seldom uses the president’s preferred social media platform, took to Twitter to get his message out: Donald Trump is “facing [his] first serious crisis with Hurricane Harvey.”
The storm, which has now strengthened to a category 1 hurricane, according to the National Hurricane Center, is expected to hit the middle Texas coastline on Friday. Houston, the country’s fourth most populous city, sits directly in its path. The Weather Channel reported Thursday that the storm “is strengthening rapidly, and is poised to bring a combination of prolific rainfall, dangerous storm-surge flooding and destructive winds to areas near the Texas Gulf Coast beginning Friday, before taking a strange, meandering path next week.”
According to the White House, Trump was briefed on the government’s hurricane preparation efforts earlier this month, but his campaign-style commercial — fitted with a dramatic soundtrack — failed to convey any of that information to worried residents in the storm’s path. His tweet did not include basic information, like who is in danger, how to be prepared or what the government is doing to prepare.
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