Other mistake: At the end of the film when they arrive in NYC looking for the library, we know that they survived because they are inside with a roaring fire burning. But where is the smoke up above, as Jack Hall approaches? There must be a chimney, or else they would have all died of asphyxiation.
Jack Hall and Sam both survive the storm. Jack finds Sam in the library, they get rescued by some government helicopters and are flown back to Mexico. Laura Chapman also survives. Most of the people in the Northern States / Canada / Northern Europe die during the storm (including all the people who leave the library during the storm to walk south). The US president also dies. The rest flock down to Mexico which only allowed the Americans in because they nullified all the Latin American debt.
Vice President Becker: I don't accept that abandoning half of the country is necessary!
Tom Gomez: Maybe if you'd listened to him sooner, it wouldn't be.
Vice President Becker: Bullshit! It's easy for him to suggest this plan. He's safely here in Washington.
Tom Gomez: His son is in Manhattan. I just thought you should know that before you start questioning his motives.
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