Pat Robertson’s Weather Predictions: In 1998, He Warned Orlando of God’s Wrath But a Hurricane Hit His Home in Va. Beach Instead

Surf’s up: Pat Robertson has made another dire weather prediction. This time he says God has told him that He will soon smite godless liberal Oregonians with a tsunami:

The Rev. Pat Robertson says God has told him that storms and possibly a tsunami will hit America’s coastline this year. The founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network has told viewers of “The 700 Club” that the revelations came to him during his annual personal prayer retreat in January.

“If I heard the Lord right about 2006, the coasts of America will be lashed by storms,” Robertson said May 8. He added specifics in Wednesday’s show. “There well may be something as bad as a tsunami in the Pacific Northwest,” he said.

But if Robertson’s track record as a divine weathercaster holds true, Oregonians may have less to fear than do the citizens in the Tidewater Virginia area that is headquarters to Robertson’s rightwing political and religious enclave. In 1998, Robertson predicted all sorts of disasters would smite central Florida:

After Orlando … city officials voted in 1998 to fly rainbow flags from city lampposts during the annual Gay Days event at Disney World, Robertson issued the city a warning: “I don’t think I’d be waving those flags in God’s face if I were you. … [A] condition like this will bring about the destruction of your nation. It’ll bring about terrorist bombs, it’ll bring earthquakes, tornadoes and possibly a meteor.”

Instead, God smote Robertson by hurling Hurricane Bonnie directly at Virginia Beach that August:

Overnight, Bonnie drifted out into the Atlantic southeast of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina … Rough surf pounded the Atlantic coastline as far north as New England, while 12- to 15-foot swells were reported along the Virginia coast. Winds as high as 90 mph snapped ship mooring ropes and left hundreds of thousands of people without electricity on Friday in the Virginia Beach-Norfolk area.


  • Clyde Ankle
    May 19, 2006 - 7:58 pm | Permalink

    And this after Pat Robertson said that God gave him the power to divert hurricanes from his Virginia Beach headquarters using the power of prayer!

  • Anastasia
    May 19, 2006 - 8:29 pm | Permalink

    Hurricane Mitch too. And Florida did not get a full-blown hurricane that year. God was telling Pat to shut up!

  • The Religious Left
    May 20, 2006 - 7:54 am | Permalink

    Maybe the lesson Pat should’ve learned was to not disregard the second Great Commandment that Jesus taught us. Seeing as you lot at the 700 Club and your “christian” ilk need a remedial bible refresher course, take the moment to turn to Matthew 22:39 – YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.

  • big dave from queens
    May 20, 2006 - 1:16 pm | Permalink

    If Jesus came back to the earth and was accidentally locked in a room for 24 hours with Pat Robertson or George Bush, Jesus would emerge from the room the next day as either a Buddhist, agnostic, or atheist.

  • LCD
    May 21, 2006 - 3:48 pm | Permalink

    Thank gawd for Pat Robertson!

    That’s why I love religion. If nothing happens Pat can say, “See prayer worked”.

    If it fails, then his gawd is mad at the US and her wrath will not be denied.

    Religion, the perfect place for con men and liars.

  • Loran
    January 4, 2007 - 12:54 pm | Permalink

    Let’s not blame “religion” for what careless things come from MAN’S mouth. The bible teaches us to humble ourselves in the Lord. If Pat is not taking heed in those teachings, then someday he will have the consequences to pay for his actions.

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  • Marywether
    June 7, 2016 - 10:53 pm | Permalink

    In 1998 Pat Robertson didn’t so much predict as he did direct the wildfires in south Florida of 1998. He railed that God would visit a lake of fire as punishment for gay pride parades, in the same breath he mentioned that his listenrs were God’s instuments. quickly, Florida was burning, so much so that some of the firescould be seen from space. The Keys were on fire. later it was shown that the fires were sourced in individual arsons.

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