A video showing a tornado swirling behind buildings was widely shared on social media earlier this month with various claims.
Several posts on X (for example, here) said it was a typhoon that hit Japan on Sept. 8.
On YouTube, a video uploader said this happened in the Philippines on Sept. 11.
The video, however, is old footage that has been manipulated. A user’s comment on X led us to this hour-long tropical cyclone collection video on YouTube posted in March 2017 by “Tornado Trackers”.
At the 59:30 mark of the video, we found a visual match to the viral footage in question without a tornado.
A reference indicated this storm was caught on camera on Oct. 7, 2016, during Hurricane Matthew in the United States. No tornado appeared before or after the matching section.
Tornado Trackers’ YouTube account also featured this video posted on Oct. 9, 2016, showing parts of Jacksonville and Melbourne in Florida being struck by Hurricane Matthew on Oct. 6 and 7.
Annie Lab geolocated the exact spot and found that the clip shows the South Beach Plaza mall in Jacksonville.
No tornado was recorded in Jacksonville during Hurricane Matthew, although a 2017 report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the United States said two “weak tornadoes” were spotted in South and North Carolina.
Further keyword search led us to an alternate version of the video with a tornado on YouTube, which was uploaded on Sept. 4 by an account called “rtosarovvideo.”
Comments indicated that the user “rtosarovvideo” may have added in the tornado visual effect. The account publicly claims to offer “best edits and real videos” of severe weather events and natural disasters.
Annie Lab reached out to the user account and will update this article when we get any response.
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