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This Video Has Nothing To Do With Hurricane Idalia

Eman Hillis Eman Hillis
1st September 2023
This Video Has Nothing To Do With Hurricane Idalia
The video does not show Hurricane Idalia (Twitter)

The Claim

A video shows Hurricane Idalia. 

Emerging story

A video of a strong tornado destroying everything in its way is widely shared by social media users, claiming that it hit Florida during Hurricane Idalia.

Some social media users alleged that the tornado was 12ft.

Accordingly, the video spread fear among people. Some claimed that the category of the Hurricane can not be just 4, but it is “actually no less than a Category 5 hurricane.”

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Misbar’s Analysis

Misbar investigated the circulating video and found it to be misleading.

Upon conducting a thorough reverse image, Misbar’s team found that the video had nothing to do with Hurricane Idalia. It is outdated and unrelated to Hurricane Idalia or to Florida.

The Video Is Of A Tornado That Happened In 2022, Not Idalia

The video initially took place in Kansas and not Florida. It is a video of an EF-3 tornado approaching Taylor Train’s home, on April 29, 2022. The video was filmed by Taylor Train himself.

KAKE News, a local media television station in Kansas that interviewed the person who filmed that footage, published the video on May 5, 2022. KAKE News confirmed that the video was for the Andover tornado featuring the destruction of Taylor Train’s house.

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KAKE News also made an interview with Taylor Train. According to the interview, the clip was filmed on April 29, 2022. Taylor Train lost his home completely due to the tornado. However, he confirmed that although he lost everything, there were no injuries.

It is worth mentioning that the same video was used in spreading misleading news during the Mississippi tornado in March, earlier this year.

However, according to BBC, the Mississippi tornado took place at night, between 9 to 10 p.m., contrary to the time of filming the video.

Andover Tornado

On Friday, April 29, 2022, storms developed across central and northeast Kansas. The storms continued leading to eventually forming two in the east of Wichita. One of these storms produced a strong tornado across the east of Andover. The tornado was rated an EF-3, which means wind speed is between 136 and 165 miles per hour. The same storm produced several tornadoes as it tracked east.

According to the National Weather Service, the tornado did not cause any deaths. However, three injuries were reported. Wichita City Manager Layton reported that around 50-100 structures were damaged due to the storms.

On the day the Andover tornado struck, 14 other twisters were reported to hit Kansas and its surroundings, 11 of them were from Kansas.

Hurricane Idalia Leaves Florida

On Wednesday, Hurricane Idalia made landfall on Florida near Keaton Beach as a high-end category 3 hurricane. The storm strengthened as the hours continued leading to huge floods and damaged power lines, leaving a lot of people without electricity.

In the afternoon of the same day, the Idalia hurricane had weakened into a tropical storm and descended to Georgia and South Carolina. According to authorities, the aftermath of Hurricane Idalia in Florida and its surroundings resulted in at least three deaths, two in Florida and one in Georgia.

The last report of PowerOutage.us states that there are approximately 125,000 people without electricity, and over 400,000 have had their power restored since the landfall of the storm.

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