Incredibly, the hurricane did in fact begin to head northeast. Robertson's claims to have changed the course of the hurricane were met with considerable scorn, however, particularly in Long Island -- which lies to the northeast of Robertson's native Virginia and was devastated by Gloria after she changed course.
[After enrolling at what is now the New York Theological Seminary in 1956, Robertson became involved with a circle of fellow believers who were early participants in the neo-Charismatic movement -- many of whom often spoke in tongues.]
[When Philadelphia TV weatherman John Bolaris warned that Hurricane Schwartz was the "Storm of the Decade" in March 2001, many viewers took a "snow day" off from work. The storm, unswayed by Bolaris's forecasts (complete with graphics and theme music), promptly changed course. The storm's chief casualty? John Bolaris, who recieved a torrent of hate mail, emails and phone messages, including one which warned, "If I owned a gun, there would be one less person to worry about!"]