Viral Video Misrepresents Current Weather Situation in the Hong Kong / Philippines

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In the wake of the extreme weather events, numerous social media posts have emerged, attributing them to recent havoc caused by gushing winds and heavy rains. Unfortunately, some of these posts are misleading and contain edited content. This fact check focuses on such a misleading video created using a series of unrelated footage.

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A viral video on social media claims to depict the current weather conditions in the Philippines / HongKong, showing severe tornadoes, cyclones, heavy rains, and lightning. However, our investigation revealed that the video is misleading and contains false information.

This video is being shared on Facebook and in various languages.

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Fact Check  

1. Video Compilation from Various Sources: Our analysis found that the viral video does not accurately represent the current weather conditions in the Philippines or Hong Kong. It is a compilation of multiple videos taken from various countries, some of which are from past unrelated events to these countries. This compilation has been edited and altered to create a sensational and misleading impression of the current weather situation.

Let`s consider the component of altered videos.

The first 10 seconds of the viral video were created from a video taken from the YouTube channel, famous for creating altered videos about weather patterns and natural disasters.

In the above video, we can see a tornado behind a building.

But, in the actual video, which was recorded in 2016 in Jacksonville Beach, Florida, USA, no such tornado scene exists. It only depicts the heavy storm conditions as a result of Hurricane Mathew. Real videos can be watched from here. A fact check done by another team over this Hurricane Mathew-related video can be read here.

We found another part of this viral video related to the Tornado in the Andover, Kansas, area in May 2022.

The video was published by ABC Media network on Twitter, and it can be watched below.


Another part of the video is related to harsh weather conditions in Chinese territory. It shows a storm hit the Taihang Mountain Grand Canyon in Shanxi. Hundreds of tourists gathered together to avoid danger. The original video can be watched here.

2. Current Weather Information from Official Sources: To verify the current weather situation in the Philippines, we consulted the official website of the Philippine government’s weather agency. As of September, there are no cyclone alerts or reports of severe weather conditions in the Philippines. The country is not experiencing the extreme weather depicted in the viral video.

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The viral video claiming to show the current weather situation in the Philippines / Hong Kong is misleading and contains false information. It is a compilation of videos from various countries and unrelated past events, edited to create a misleading impression.

It is important to exercise caution and verify the authenticity of information before sharing it on social media. Misleading content can cause unnecessary panic and confusion. We urge users to rely on reputable sources and official government agencies for accurate and up-to-date information on weather conditions and other important matters.


Title:Viral Video Misrepresents Current Weather Situation in the Philippines

Written By: Kalana Krishantha 

Result: Altered

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