FACT CHECK: Does This Video Show The Recent Tornado In Pasadena?

Joseph Casieri | Fact Check Reporter

A video shared on social media purportedly shows footage of a tornado that recently hit Pasadena, Texas.

Verdict: False

The post’s caption is inaccurate. The video is from a 2015 cyclone that hit Taiwan.

Fact Check:

The tornado that hit the Pasadena and Deer Park suburbs of Houston, Texas, was rated at least EF-3 due to the measured wind speeds and surveyed damage, according to Fox Weather. The Federal Emergency Management Agency opened recovery centers over the weekend following the storm, ABC13 reported.

A post claims to show dashcam footage of the tornado apparently forming over a road, damaging a car and other objects in the area. “BREAKING FOOTAGE,” the caption reads. “Pasadena tornado captured on film. Stay safe.”

This caption is inaccurate. A reverse image search found that the video is from a tropical cyclone that hit Taiwan in 2015, as seen in The Independent. There is no credible news report that suggests footage is a recent storm in Texas. (RELATED: Does This Photo Show A Former UK Health Minister With His Book ‘How To Get Away With Muder?’)

The footage is from the typhoon that hit the island in August 2015, which killed approximately 28 people and left multiple others missing, according to Insider. The typhoon brought winds of up to 120 miles per hour and triggered multiple landslides, the outlet reported.

This is not the first time a video has been falsely attributed to a disaster online. Check Your Fact recently debunked a post alleging to be a video of a recent plane crash in Nepal.

Joseph Casieri

Fact Check Reporter