A video shows Hurricane Irma hitting Miami International Airport.
On 10 September 2017, the White House’s social media director Dan Scavino, Jr. posted several images and videos showing the effects of historically huge Hurricane Irma, which ravaged the Caribbean region before moving up to Florida.
One such video purported to show the massive storm hitting Miami International Airport, but is actually of a completely different weather system (Lidia) at a completely different location (Mexico’s Distrito Federal):
— La Candente™ México (@LaCandenteMX) August 31, 2017
(Translation: “The intense rain this afternoon forced the suspension of flights at the Mexico City Airport, courtesy @AICM_mx.”)
The Miami International Airport’s Twitter account was quick to correct Scavino:
This video is not from Miami International Airport.
— Miami Int’l Airport (@iflymia) September 10, 2017
Scavino deleted the video, explaining that he was inundated with information when he shared his erroneous message:
Thank you. It was among 100s of videos/pics I am receiving re: Irma from public. In trying to notify all, I shared – have deleted. Be safe!
Mexico had offered to send help to victims of Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall in Texas in August 2017 just days before its counterpart Irma hit the Caribbean, but rescinded the offer after a massive earthquake hit its Pacific coast on 8 September 2017, killing dozens and leaving millions of people in Mexico in need of aid.
A Word to Our Loyal Readers
Support Snopes and make a difference for readers everywhere.
- David Mikkelson
- Doreen Marchionni
- David Emery
- Bond Huberman
- Jordan Liles
- Alex Kasprak
- Dan Evon
- Dan MacGuill
- Bethania Palma
- Liz Donaldson
- Vinny Green
- Ryan Miller
- Chris Reilly
- Chad Ort
- Elyssa Young
Most Snopes assignments begin when readers ask us, “Is this true?” Those tips launch our fact-checkers on sprints across a vast range of political, scientific, legal, historical, and visual information. We investigate as thoroughly and quickly as possible and relay what we learn. Then another question arrives, and the race starts again.
We do this work every day at no cost to you, but it is far from free to produce, and we cannot afford to slow down. To ensure Snopes endures — and grows to serve more readers — we need a different kind of tip: We need your financial support.
Support Snopes so we continue to pursue the facts — for you and anyone searching for answers.