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2018 Video of Typhoon Mangkhut Shared During Typhoon Saola in Hong Kong

Wesam Abo Marq Wesam Abo Marq
4th September 2023
2018 Video of Typhoon Mangkhut Shared During Typhoon Saola in Hong Kong
The video predates Typhoon Saola (Twitter)

The Claim

A video shows Typhoon Saola.

Emerging story

In light of the recent typhoon Saola that impacted Hong Kong, social media users widely circulated a video clip purporting to display incredibly powerful winds hitting the city.

“Incredible power of Typhoon Saola, which has just passed through Hong Kong,” an X user posted.

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Misbar’s Analysis

Misbar investigated the widely circulated footage and found the claim to be misleading.

A thorough reverse image search revealed the video making the rounds to be outdated.

The Video Predates Recent Typhoon Saola in Hong Kong

The video in question does not show the recent typhoon Saola that affected southern China. Instead, it displays the effects of typhoon Mangkhut, which struck Hong Kong in 2018.

A YouTube channel uploaded the identical video on September 16, 2018, under the caption, "200 KM/H WINDS OF MANGKUT BLOWS THROUGH A TERMINAL."

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A screenshot of the original video from YouTube.

Another channel uploaded the video on September 17, 2018, featuring typhoon Mangkhut which hit Hong Kong at the time.

The video’s title reads, "Monster storm Mangkhut battered Hong Kong. World's Strongest Storm 2018."

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A screenshot of the original video from YouTube.

2018 Typhoon Mangkhut in Hong Kong

Hong Kong faced the impact of typhoon Mangkhut, the fifth tropical cyclone of 2018. This formidable storm triggered the issuance of Hurricane Signal No. 10, which endured for an impressive ten hours. The typhoon brought devastating winds and record-breaking storm surges to Hong Kong, resulting in widespread and severe destruction.

Overall, Mangkhut resulted in multiple fatalities, injuries, and substantial disruptions in Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan, Guizhou, and Yunnan, impacting millions of people. Mangkhut caused damaging winds and severe storm surges, leading to significant structural damage and extensive flooding in low-lying areas. In some regions, floodwaters reached heights of 1.9 meters or more above ground level. 

Typhoon Saola Makes Landfall on China

Typhoon Saola has made landfall in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong, bringing violent winds that lashed nearby Shenzhen, Hong Kong, and Macau. The storm has left at least one person dead and caused widespread destruction and flooding in many areas.

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A screenshot of Al Jazeera’s article.

As the super typhoon approached, both Hong Kong and neighboring provinces in China canceled numerous flights, closed businesses, and shut schools. Saola, with winds exceeding 200 kilometers per hour (125 miles per hour), prompted the evacuation of around 900,000 people from vulnerable areas in Guangdong and Fujian provinces.

According to Chinese authorities, typhoon Saola made landfall in Guangdong's Zhuhai city, with its winds slowing to approximately 160 km/h (99 mph). It was expected to continue weakening as it moved along China's southern coastline.

Local media reported that one fatality occurred in Guangdong's Shenzhen city when a tree fell and struck a vehicle.

Moreover, typhoon Haikui made landfall in eastern Taiwan on September 3, bringing heavy rain, strong winds, and power outages to the region. Nearly 4,000 people were evacuated from high-risk areas, hundreds of flights were canceled, and businesses closed in anticipation of the storm.

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