SYRIA – In an ominous warning issued online today, Abu Ibrahim Al Ameriki, an American associated with the Islamic State, threatened to unleash another round of devastating tornadoes on America’s heartland. Following a night of destruction across portions of the Central and Southern plains, at least twelve people were injured in Oklahoma City alone but so far no deaths have been reported.
A U.S. intelligence official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Washington Post that ISIS is in possession of a “weather machine” similar to the one President Obama used to create the blizzard that crippled Boston and parts of the Northeast last winter. “We currently have assets on the ground in Syria and Iraq who are trying to determine the location of the [weather machine],” the official said, adding that the CIA is working in conjunction with foreign intelligence agencies to prevent another attack.
While the Islamic State’s “weather machine” is not nearly as advanced as the one President Obama keeps in a secure vault at Camp David, intelligence officials fear it could trigger an F5 tornado or, possibly, as high as an 8.2 magnitude earthquake if operated by someone with advanced knowledge of its systems. “There are several high ranking members within the Islamic State who hold engineering degrees and the like, who could have access to the [weather machine],” the official told the Washington Post. “The likelihood of that happening, we hope, is very slim but it could trigger a catastrophic event.”
Wednesday’s disastrous tornadoes and widespread flooding are the latest in a span of attacks carried out by the Islamic State against America and its interests. On Tuesday ISIS claimed responsibility for a series of traffic accidents in downtown Los Angeles which it asserted was a follow-up to an attack on a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Garland, Texas where both shooters were killed by police.