The strengthening storm churned over the warm, open waters of the Atlantic on Thursday, upgrading to Category 2 strength late in the day, with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph, the National Hurricane Center reported.
Forecasters believe the storm will strengthen into a Category 3 hurricane by Friday, and stay well east of the southern and central Bahamas before making a turn toward Florida by Sunday afternoon.
At that time, the latest NHC forecast is for the storm to make landfall Monday as a Category 4 storm.
However, Campbell saw a silver lining in the potential damage that could be caused by the massive storm.
“I’m rooting for a direct hit on Mar a Lago!” she tweeted on Thursday.
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The president often makes visits to Mar-a-Lago when he’s not in Washington D.C. It has been reported that the resort is on the hurricane’s path.
Campbell, who served less than five months as Canada’s prime minister following the resignation of Brian Mulroney in 1993, faced backlash for the tweet, many calling it “embarrassing” and “disgusting.”
Who is Kim Campbell? She seems like an inhuman person. Hoping people die or get hurt is sick.
— SunnyNorm (@PRSunnyNorm) August 30, 2019
This crazy woman – former PM Kim Campbell is a senior aide to Justin Trudeau, in charge of Supreme Court appointments in Canada!
Is it any wonder why our justice system is going down the toilet???
May God grant her wish to come true upon her own family and herself!!!
— Leonard Roxon (@LeonardRoxon) August 30, 2019
— Sgt Pepper (@SgtPepp1209) August 30, 2019
Campbell doubled down amid the criticism, telling her critics to “get a grip.”
“As there are in Puerto Rico- sorry you don’t get snark- but Trump’s indifference to suffering is intolerable!” Campbell said to a critic who pointed out “real people” live and work in and around Mar-a-Lago. “We’d also help if he tackled climate change which is making hurricanes more destructive! Instead, he will remove limits on methane! Get a grip!”
Fox News’ Travis Fedschun contributed to this report.
Joseph A. Wulfsohn is a media reporter for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @JosephWulfsohn.
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