FACT CHECK: Does This Video Show Hurricane Laura Approaching The Louisiana-Texas Coast?
A video shared on Twitter purportedly shows Hurricane Laura approaching the Louisiana-Texas coast.
Hurricane #Laura is expected to bring 9+ feet of storm surge to parts of #Louisiana and #Texas. If you’re told to evacuate, you need to do so before it’s too late. #HurricaneLaura pic.twitter.com/OoFcSeRWY9
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The video predates Hurricane Laura. It appears to show a shelf cloud over Navarre Beach in Florida.
The claim that the video shows Hurricane Laura near the Gulf Coast started circulating as the storm approached the Louisiana-Texas border. Hurricane Laura, which weakened to a tropical depression after making landfall, inflicted damaging winds and flooding on the area, killing at least 14 people, according to USA Today.
However, the video predates the hurricane making landfall as a Category 4 storm on Aug. 27. CBS affiliate WRGB and Greg Pollak, a meteorologist for NBC affiliate WOAI, shared the video on Facebook in mid-July, crediting Stephanie Weller. (RELATED: Viral Video Claims To Show Hurricane Hanna Blowing Over Part Of The US-Mexico Border Wall)
Weller posted the video of what she described as Navarre Beach, Florida, on her Facebook page on July 12, well over a month before Hurricane Laura hit. In the video, an ominous shelf cloud looms over what appear to be beach houses. The buildings visible in the video match those that can be seen in a Google Maps street view of Navarre Beach Marine Park.
“A shelf cloud will usually be associated with a solid line of storms,” the National Weather Service explains on its website. “The wind will come first with rain following behind it. It may appear to rotate on a horizontal axis.”
Weller did not respond to a request for comment.