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Old videos are falsely portrayed as Hurricane Beryl in Jamaica

Screenshot of the video showing images of Hurricane Beryl hitting Jamaica in 2024. (Source: X/Modified from Logically Facts)

The viral video consists of two videos stitched together – 2022 and 2023 – and has nothing to do with Hurricane Beryl.

Claim ID 50b23b74

What is the claim?

A video with two different images – one showing a flooded area, the other lightning in the sky – is being shared online, claiming to show the impact of Hurricane Beryl on the Caribbean islands in 2024.

An X user (formerly Twitter) shared the video with the caption “#WATCH the moment #Hurricane hit Jamaica. Take care, stay safe, stay informed. #DominicanRepublic #hurricaneberyl #SantoDomingo #Beryl #Jamaica #Huracán #Carriacou #JamaicaBeryl #BerylHurricane #JamaicaHurricane.”

The viral video consists of two videos: vPicture one shows a flooded area with a storm, and vPicture twowhich starts at 0:07 seconds, shows lightning in the sky above a parking lot. The archive of such posts can be found Here And Here.


Screenshots of the social media posts. (Source: X/Modified from Logically Facts)

Hurricane Beryl formed in the Atlantic Ocean in June and caused destructive winds, torrential rains and dangerous storms. It has destroyed many homes, trees and power poles in the southeastern Caribbean. On July 5, 2024, it hit the island of Jamaica and moved towards Mexico. So far, about seven people have been killed, the BBC reported. The Indian cricket team, which won the T20 World Cup on June 29, 2024, in Bridgetown, Barbados, was stranded on the island because Barbados International Airport was closed due to the hurricane. They returned three days later. CNN reports.

The claim surrounding the video is false because the images are from 2022 and 2023 and were therefore taken before the hurricane.

Our findings

Video1

Through a reverse image search, we found a longer version of the video posted by user X Joe Guerra (archived Here) on September 29, 2022. It was headlined: “Our Southwest Florida community will not be the same for a very long time because of #huricaneian. This storm surge has destroyed everything in its path and it's still ongoing. #HurricaneIan #FortMyers.” The location was tagged as Fort Myers, Florida. The portion included in the viral video starts at the 0:12 timestamp and ends at 0:22 seconds. The trees, landscape, and buildings correspond to the viral video.


Comparison of the viral video with the video by Joe Guerra. (Source: X)

9 Newsan Australian news channel, posted a screenshot of Joe Guerra's footage of Hurricane Ian and captioned it: “Joe Guerra filmed strong winds as storm surge engulfed Fort Myers.”

We also found the same footage that was used in the New York Post in its report dated September 29, 2022. The report states that Hurricane Ian hit Fort Myers, Florida on September 28, 2022, damaging many homes, causing flooding, and making landfall in Fort Myers. This shows that the video has been online since 2022, before Hurricane Beryl hit the Caribbean islands.

Video2

A reverse image search revealed that the video of the lightning in the sky dates back to 2023. The same video was found on the TikTok channel rtsarovvideo (archived here) and posted on June 23, 2024. It was captioned “Thunderstorm with lightning discharge.” The channel's bio states that the videos are “real and edited.” The now-viral video was shared on the user's YouTube channel (archived here). It should be noted that this channel has posted several edited videos.


Comparison of a viral video with a YouTube video. (Source: X/YouTube)

Logically Facts has reached out to channel user Rostyslav Tsarov for a quote. We will update the story once we receive a response. Logically Facts has previously debunked several claims that Rostyslav Tsarov's videos of natural disasters were falsely linked to others Storms And Hurricanes.

The judgment

Old videos from 2022 and 2023 were mistakenly interpreted as the impact of Hurricane Beryl, which recently hit the Caribbean islands, so we have marked this claim as false.