Hoax Hurricane Sandy photo

Dangerous Minds is reporting that this fake photo is circulating around facebook as a real image of Hurricane Sandy approaching New York City. This photo is NOT real but a manipulation.

Fake photo said to be Hurricane Sandy

About.com Urban Legends has this explanation:

It was created by combining a fairly standard image of New York Harbor with a 2004 photo of a supercell thunderstorm taken by professional storm chaser Mike Hollingshead (viewable in its original context here).

Nor is this the first time Hollingshead’s work has been appropriate for use in an online hoax. The same supercell image went around in May 2005 labeled “Storm Near Bunbury, Australia,” and again a few months later attached to an email entitled “Pictures of Hurricane Katrina.”

See also Snopes.com: The Imperfect Storm

And, InstaSnopes: Sorting the Real Sandy Photos from the Fakes

Sandy is MUCH bigger. Here is a REAL photo. You can find many more on the web including the damage that is being done from the huge storm surge, the rain and wind. Maybe the colors aren’t as dramatic but the reality is. Storm photos are typically hoaxed. Other storms like Hurricane Issac also were associated with photoshopped images. It’s easy to buy into the reality of dramatic images, they are impressive and passed along to make others aware of the danger. But there also is a danger is passing off fakes as truth. Don’t do it.

Hurricane Sandy impacts the ENTIRE Eastern U.S. We’re under those clouds somewhere.

UPDATE: Also seeing rumors…

Here’s more: 5 Fake stories circulating like a hurricane.

Post your finds in the comments.

  6 comments for “Hoax Hurricane Sandy photo

  1. October 29, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    Was wondering about this one: Flood waters inundate ground zero. But they are saying is from AP wire.

  2. Chew
    October 29, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    The storm surge was expected to be pretty high: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/refresh/graphics_at3+shtml/211847.shtml?gm_psurge#contents

    There is a 90% chance of it exceeding 8 feet.

  3. October 30, 2012 at 11:09 AM
  4. KC3824
    October 30, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Thanks Molly! That one it clearly the original! Do you think the ghostbusters evacuated?

  5. wzrd1
    November 8, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    Saw another one that was a copy off of “The Day After Tomorrow” of the Statue of Liberty being inundated by the ocean posted as fact.

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