Statue of Liberty Amidst a Hurricane

Photographs show the Statue of Liberty amidst a hurricane?

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Claim:   Photographs show the Statue of Liberty amidst a hurricane.



[Collected via e-mail, October 2012]

This picture is circulating on Facebook claiming to be storm surge from Hurricane Sandy.


[Collected via e-mail, September 2010]

Photo taken 9/16/10 – it may look pretty but it is NYC in the storm that brought torrents of rain and a tornado with it too – lots of trees down everywhere and mass transit (LIRR) at a standstill in a matter of about 10 minutes.


Origins:   These images of the Statue of Liberty in the midst of a hurricane might be described by viewers using any number of adjectives: beautiful, ominous, prophetic, majestic, etc. For our purposes, however, the single most relevant adjective is … fake.

The first image, which was circulated in October 2012 in conjunction with Hurricane Sandy’s hitting the upper Atlantic Coast of the United States, is simply a promotional still taken from the 2004 action-adventure film The Day After Tomorrow:

The second image originally appeared in the latter part of September 2010, prompted by the occurrence of a tornado that hit New York City on 16 September 2010.

However, that isn’t a genuine photograph of any New York storm either: it’s a digital manipulation created by merging a picture of the Statue of Liberty with a separate photograph of a supercell thunderstorm snapped in Nebraska by photographer Mike Hollingshead on 28 May 2004:

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The original storm photo is a familiar one on these pages, as it (along with other examples of Mike Hollingshead’s work) has been circulated on the Internet on numerous occasions as depicting a variety of different storms throughout the world, including Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Last updated:   29 October 2012