Video of Hurricane Irma’s Destruction at Miami International Airport Actually Shows Tropical Storm Flooding In Mexico City
By Erica Abbott
A video purportedly showing Hurricane Irma’s damage at the Miami International Airport is false. While the footage is real, it does not show Irma’s destruction in Florida—it actually shows flooding from a tropical storm at an airport in Mexico City.
According to Snopes, the video was just one of many shared on Twitter by Dan Scavino Jr., the White House director of social media, after Irma made landfall in Florida. “Sharing #HurricaneIrma on social media with President @realDonaldTrump & @VP Pence hourly,” he tweeted. “Here is Miami International Airport. STAY SAFE!!” The problem? The video doesn’t actually show Miami International Airport or any airport in Florida.
— Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) September 10, 2017
The flooding was actually captured at Aeropuerto Internacional de la Ciudad de México (Mexico City International Airport) following Tropical Storm Lidia, which made landfall earlier this month. The Washington Post reports, “Lidia spread rains over a broad swath of Mexico, including Mexico City, where it was blamed for flooding that briefly closed the city’s airport. An enormous sinkhole about 30 feet (10 meters) in diameter opened on a street in downtown Mexico City because of an accumulation of water.” Four people were killed after the storm made landfall on Sept. 1.
Scavino later deleted his tweet after the Miami International Airport confirmed that it was not connected to Irma or their airport. “This video is not from Miami International Airport,” they tweeted Sunday afternoon. Within an hour, Scavino replied, “Thank you. It was among 100s of videos/pics I am receiving re: Irma from public. In trying to notify all, I shared – have deleted. Be safe!”
Many people, however, felt that the damage had already been done and that Scavino should have been more careful before sharing the video in the first place. Others quipped that the social media director had shared “fake news,” a term frequently used by Trump to decribe unfavorable stories rather than actual falsehoods.
While the video was not captured in Florida, Miami International Airport was damaged from Hurricane Irma. Fortune reports that it “was closed to passenger flights until further notice.” Meanwhile, the Miami Internatial Airport Twitter account has been working to correct other misinformation related to Irma.
Here are some examples of people talking about Scavino tweeting the misleading video below:
Social Media Reacts to Dan Scavino Sharing Fake Hurricane Irma Video
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) September 10, 2017
— Jeffrey Guterman (@JeffreyGuterman) September 11, 2017
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