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This Video Does Not Feature Typhoon Saola's Impact on Hong Kong

Wesam Abo Marq Wesam Abo Marq
3rd September 2023
This Video Does Not Feature Typhoon Saola's Impact on Hong Kong
The video shows Typhoon Mangkhut , not Typhoon Saola (Twitter)

The Claim

 A video shows Typhoon Saola's impact on Hong Kong.

Emerging story

Following typhoon Saola's impact on Hong Kong, social media users widely circulated a video clip purporting to show the typhoon's effects on a coastline in the city.

An X user shared the video along with the claim, “Extreme conditions in Hong Kong have forced authorities to issue the highest level of alert for Typhoon Saola.”

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Misbar’s Analysis

Misbar investigated the viral video and found the claim to be misleading.

After conducting a thorough reverse image search on the video, Misbar’s team determined that the video making the rounds to be outdated.

The Video Shows Typhoon Mangkhut in 2018, Not Typhoon Saola

Contrary to the claim, the original video dates back to 2018, showing the impact of typhoon Mangkhut, which struck Hong Kong in September 2018.

A YouTube channel uploaded the exact same video on September 16, 2018, under the title, "Supertyphoon Mangkhut attacks Hong Kong."

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A screenshot of the original video from YouTube.

Another YouTube channel shared a video featuring the same scene of waves hitting the shoreline from a different angle during typhoon Mangkhut. The media outlet's channel uploaded the video on September 16, 2018.

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A screenshot of a YouTube’s video.

2018 Typhoon Mangkhut Hit Hong Kong

In September 2018, Hong Kong experienced the impact of typhoon Mangkhut which lasted for ten hours. Mangkhut was known for its extensive circulation, fierce winds, rapid movement, and unique wind structure. It brought destructive winds and record-breaking storm surges to Hong Kong, resulting in widespread and severe damage.

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A screenshot of a video from the South China Morning Post.

Mangkhut originated as a tropical depression in the western North Pacific and quickly intensified, becoming a super typhoon. After reaching peak intensity, it made landfall in Luzon with estimated sustained winds of 250 km/h near its center. As it crossed Luzon and moved northwestward into the South China Sea, it weakened to a severe typhoon and later made landfall near Taishan in Guangdong. The storm continued to weaken as it moved inland and eventually dissipated over Guangxi.

Mangkhut left a trail of destruction in its path. In Luzon, it brought heavy rain and strong winds, resulting in numerous casualties and collapsed buildings. Overall, Mangkhut resulted in multiple deaths, injuries, and significant disruptions in Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan, Guizhou, and Yunnan, affecting millions of people.

Typhoon Saola Strikes Southern China

Typhoon Saola made landfall in southern China before dawn on Saturday, following the evacuation of nearly 900,000 people and the suspension of business, transportation, and classes in most of Hong Kong and parts of the coastal mainland. Fortunately, damage from the typhoon appeared to be minimal, and some services were gradually returning to normal by the afternoon. The typhoon has resulted in at least one fatality.

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A screenshot of the ABC News article.

The meteorological bureau of Guangdong Province reported that typhoon Saola made landfall in an outlying district of the city of Zhuhai, just south of Hong Kong. 

Prior to the typhoon's arrival, approximately 780,000 people in Guangdong and 100,000 others in neighboring Fujian province were evacuated from at-risk areas, and over 80,000 fishing vessels returned to port.

The Hong Kong Observatory issued a No. 10 hurricane alert, which is the highest warning level in the city's weather system. This was the first No. 10 warning since Super typhoon Mangkhut hit Hong Kong in 2018.

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