Video of Hurricane Irma Destroying Antigua and Barbuda Actually Shows Deadly 2016 Tornado In Uruguay

By Erica Abbott

A viral video purportedly showing Hurricane Irma destroying Antigua and Barbuda is false. While the footage is real, it does not show destruction from Irma—it actually shows a deadly tornado striking Uruguay in 2016.

According to Snopes, the video was shared on Facebook earlier this week, along with the claim that it showed Hurricane Irma. In the video, trees branches can be seen blowing through the streets while debris flies through the air. The video has been shared more than 800,000 times and viewed by over 32 million people. However, it doesn’t really depict a natural disaster hitting any Caribbean islands, but rather a country in South America.

The video actually shows a deadly tornado striking Dolores, Uruguay in April 2016. The Weather Channel reported that four people were killed and hundreds more were injured. “The tornado swept through the city of 20,000, throwing cars and ripping up houses, the Associated Press reports.” Many buildings in the center of the city were destroyed as a result of the tornado.

The footage of the tornado was originally uploaded in May 2016. Many people in the comments have acknowledged in recent days that the video does not really show the Category 5 hurricane, which virtually destroyed several islands in the Caribbean when it made landfall just days ago.

Irma is forecasted to strike the Florida Keys as a Category 5 storm this weekend. “Roughly 1.2 million Florida residents have been ordered to evacuate,” according to ABC News. In another video, Irma can be seen from space as it approaches Florida.

Here are some examples of people sharing the misleading video on social media:

Social Media Shares Misleading Video of Tornado Striking Uruguay

The most powerful Atlantic Ocean #hurricane in recorded history #Irma pic.twitter.com/lwAHtSqtH9

— Chris Lyan (@chrislyancom) September 6, 2017

#Irma Ce que fait un vent à 250km/h (vidéo de Saint Martin?) pic.twitter.com/7k3NYOYZge

— Victor Duruy (@VictorDuruy) September 6, 2017

This is Barbuda currently from Hurricane Irma, bare in mind the storm hasn’t even really begun yet. #prayfortheCaribbean pic.twitter.com/lOywbYYwuy

— Priscilla (@harryylegend) September 5, 2017

irma in action. https://t.co/pYQNH9wrD6

— Jorge Gonzalez (@jorgeucf) September 6, 2017

Astonishing video starting to come in of cat 5 Irma winds in Barbados pic.twitter.com/6vA1ysxvhV

— Mark Read (@Read4Ks) September 6, 2017

Have you seen the misleading video of a tornado striking Uruguay circulating social media? Do you know anyone who was tricked into believing it showed Hurricane Irma? Sound off in the comments section below!

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