FACT CHECK: Video Claims To Show Typhoon Saola In Hong Kong

Elias Atienza | Senior Reporter

A video shared on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, claims to show Typhoon Saola in Hong Kong.

Verdict: Misleading

The video has been circulating since 2018. It does not show the recent typhoon.

Fact Check:

Typhoon Saola hit Hong Kong earlier this month, though it did not cause major damage, according to The Associated Press. Social media users have been sharing a video claiming to show the effects of Typhoon Saola in Hong Kong.

“Hong Kong has raised its alert level to the highest for Typhoon Saola,” reads one tweet. (RELATED: Video Claims To Show A River Trash At Burning Man)

The video, though, is from 2018. Through a reverse image search, Check Your Fact found that the video is from September 2018 and was shared on YouTube. The video’s caption reads, “Supertyphoon Mangkhut attacks Hong Kong.”

MisBar also debunked this claim. The outlet also found another video showing a different angle of the typhoon. Supertyphoon Mangkhut hit Hong Kong in September 2018, causing over 450 injuries and damage and power outages, according to the Hong Kong Observatory.

“Sea, land and air transportation services were paralyzed on the day Mangkhut battered Hong Kong. Owing to fallen trees and flooding, parts of the major roads were still closed and public transports could not be fully resumed the next day,” reads part of the page on the typhoon. “Most of the public bus services were suspended and there were limited services of East Rail Line and Light Rail of MTR. Ferry services resumption was affected due to the damage of facilities at a number of ferry terminals. 889 flights were cancelled at the Hong Kong International Airport.”

Elias Atienza

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