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Is This a Video of Hurricane Dorian Approaching Florida?

The hurricane was making its way across the Atlantic Ocean in early September 2019, but that doesn't mean this image is authentic.

Published Sep 3, 2019

A video shows Hurricane Dorian approaching Florida in summer 2019.

As Hurricane Dorian swirled in the Atlantic Ocean in early September 2019, a viral video supposedly showing the huge storm approaching Miami, Florida, started circulating on social media:

This is not a genuine video of Hurricane Dorian. In fact, it's not a genuine video of any weather system approaching any coastal city. This is actually a composite of at least two different images. 

The foreground of this animated image was taken from a stock photograph of Miami Beach, Florida. The cloud portion of this image appears to come from a May 2016 photograph of large supercell storm over Leoti, Kansas:

Digital artist Brent Shavnore first put these two images together for an artwork he shared to his Instagram page in April 2019:


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"The world outside had it's own rules, and those rules were not human." Michel Houellebecq

A post shared by Bʀᴇɴᴛ Sʜᴀᴠɴᴏʀᴇ (@shavnore) on

Shavnore's artwork was later animated by Instagram user @TheGlitch.org:

Shavnore's Facebook page describes his artwork as "mind blowing dreamy images of seascapes and anything imaginable." While much of his work borders on the surreal, this isn't the first time that someone has tried to pass off one of his pieces as genuine. In May 2018, another one of his digital creations was shared as if it were a genuine photograph of Subtropical Storm Alberto approaching Pensacola Beach.

Dan Evon is a former writer for Snopes.

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