Hurricane Scaremongering Reaches Category 6 Proportions

[Editor’s note: There is a disturbing trend going on on the internet right now of people spreading false information about the Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and Katia. What is disturbing about it is that it looks very much like an orchestrated campaign of scaremongering and when notorious disinfo operations like Alex Jones get in on the act, it becomes even more suspicious.

Who is behind this campaign? To what purpose are they spreading fear? Who might benefit from causing people to panic? These are questions we have no answers to right now.

What is important and made doubly so by this disgraceful and disturbing fearmongering, is that the people living in the potential paths of these hurricanes do not panic, rather, they should remain calm and seek out accurate and reliable information from legitimate sources such as the local authorities and the professional meteorologists.

Take all necessary precautions, make sure you know where your local shelters are located and that you can get there if need be, but don’t get scared and run for the hills, don’t base your decisions on crap you read on the internet, especially social media and video sharing sites, be sensible, calm and rational and make sure you are well-informed from legitimate sources. Ian]

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Hurricane Irma: No such thing as a category six storm

Striking video and reports are emerging about Hurricane Irma catastrophically hitting the Americas – but don’t believe everything you see.

As with Storm Harvey in Texas last week, fake news, videos and doctored images about Irma have spread rumours about the scale and path of the hurricane – which meteorologists have been keen to warn against online.

Irma, which is the most powerful Atlantic storm in a decade, has devastated parts of the Caribbean with wind speeds of 285km/h (180mph), leaving at least 10 people dead and reducing buildings to rubble.

Fake videos

One popular video posted on Thursday morning appears to show the force of hurricane winds hitting Puerto Rico, in the Caribbean, accompanied by howling winds which sound like a train engine. It was retweeted over 3,000 times.

But Irma did not hit Puerto Rico directly, instead the hurricane passed by the island causing power cuts.

Matching footage, which appears to be from the British Virgin Islands was posted on Wednesday, seven hours ahead of the video labelled Puerto Rico.

However, this footage was posted on Twitter without sound. It was picked up by a Turkish meteorological site and later by video uploading platform LiveLeak.com, as well as other social media users, who described the scene as San Juan, Puerto Rico. At some point along the way, the soundtrack was added.

The result was confusion among Twitter users, some of whom accused @Whippodilly of “fake news” – while others asked about the video from Wednesday night, which they had seen labelled as Puerto Rico.

Another video, with almost 8,000 likes and retweeted more than 9,000 times, was also shared on Wednesday night by American weather reporter Jamie Erle, but matches footage which is over a year old and likely to be from Tornado Dolores in Uruguay, Craig Silverman of BuzzFeed tracked the spread of the video.

The video – with the caption ‘Hurricane Irma’ – has been viewed almost 28 million times on Facebook. It was later tweeted with the claim it was taken in Barbados.

Another video, with more than half a million views, claims to show the hurricane passing over Barbuda but – as Twitter user @PicPedant. pointed out – the same YouTube account posted the same footage the day before, claiming it to be from the Virgin Islands, although a voice on the video claims it to be from “Tropical Storm Gonzalo,” a hurricane which hit Bermuda in 2014.

Meanwhile, a Facebook Live purporting to show passengers trapped in an over-turned bus during Irma gained millions of views, only for the footage to match clips from Cyclone Vardha, which struck Chennai, India in 2016.

Not ‘Category 6’

Reports regarding the strength of Irma and its path across the Atlantic have generated thousands of reactions online, as well as caused concern by residents who were led to believe they live in the storm’s trajectory.

An article titled “Category 6? If Hurricane Irma Becomes The Strongest Hurricane In History, It Could Wipe Entire Cities Off The Map” published last week on the blog The Economic Collapse was shared more than two million times from blogs and Facebook pages such as Sons of Liberty Media and Freedom Outpost.

Although the article did not categorically state that the hurricane had been classified as ‘Category 6′, it implied there was serious scientific suggestion it should be, and some on Twitter understood it to be.

On Wednesday, the claim Irma was a category six storm was repeated by InfoWars’ Alex Jones.

Hurricanes cannot currently be categorised as category six according to the Saffir-Simpson scale – the highest rating is category five, which scientists describe as bringing catastrophic damage. However, many were led to believe the unusual force of Irma had caused it to be categorised as off the established scale.

One American meteorologist put the record straight on Twitter.

Last week rumours spread that Houston, Texas was going to receive a second battering from hurricane winds and rain, after photoshopped images appeared of Irma’s path through the Americas.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), who monitor meteorological conditions in America, reposted a tweet from its National Weather Service account, warning about fake weather forecasts. It came after a Facebook post showing the path of Irma hitting Houston, which was hit by Storm Harvey last week, was shared almost 40,000 times.

A popular Facebook post (L) posted a picture of Irma heading for Houston Texas. NOAA (R) tweeted a warning about fake forecasts with an official image of the hurricane’s trajectory.

As Irma is predicted to hit more of the Caribbean and the southern coastal areas of the United States by the weekend, it is likely that fake news will continue to come with it.

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21 Responses to "Hurricane Scaremongering Reaches Category 6 Proportions"

  1. Harold Saive  September 8, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    Perhaps a bit of hyperbole, but the claim that Harvey was a category “6” was is not entirely irrational. A category 4 hurricane is defined as winds between 131 to 155, or a spread of 24 points. At 185 mph the spread for Irma becomes 30 points, or 6 points beyond that of a category 4. Sometimes speculation based on “need” is a constructive, intuitive process that brings about constructive change in how these events are described.

  2. RichBuckley  September 8, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    Even still Ian, let’s get real here. The weather is completely manufactured. Hurricanes are being guided and enhanced. I would urge anyone serious about the subject of the current capabilities of geoengineering (Chemtrails, HAARP, nano-biotechnology warfare, population control) I would suggest Dane Wittington’s GeoengineeringWatch.org ‘s https://youtu.be/uF2jIeJ2RUg – Engineered Climate Cataclysm: Hurricane Harvey ( Dane Wigington GeoengineeringWatch.org ) I don’t think it’s useful to bring calm to this subject by telling people or implying they should only listen to real meteorologists. They are just reading prepared scripts on these big events.

    • Ian Greenhalgh, Managing Editor  September 8, 2017 at 5:43 pm

      If you want to ‘get real’ then don’t make stupid comments like ‘the weather is completely manufactured’ and stick to the facts and the actual evidence. You do realise that hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones, earthquakes, volcanoes and all other destructive natural phenomena have been around a very, very long time? So why do you think it is all somehow ‘manufactured’? I know, some crap you read on the interwebs…

  3. joetv  September 8, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Nothing new here. For years the weather boradcasts have been worded to terrify, w ith headlines like todays LA Times, Nuclear Hurricane, and recently Killer Storm, Mega Storm, Terror Tornado Threatens, Terrifying Conditions, Savage Snows etc.
    Just use your imagination. The weather reports are now part of the population conditioning progroms. Easy work.

  4. Andrew_Bukanov(Russia)  September 8, 2017 at 11:32 am

    I hope this time there is no accusations from the White House that …..”Putin did it”?

    • Eduardo  September 8, 2017 at 3:42 pm

      Putin, this time is of the hook Andrew. It’s the Chinese’s fault. They control the weather in America and the world and that is a fact as Santa Claus visiting poor children with presents at Christmas.

  5. cynthiamaccioli  September 8, 2017 at 8:59 am

    Talk about coincidence, the last 2 days I’ve been saying to myself “what’s going on here, this is pure fear mongering.” Then I see $7 a gal for gas, $40 for a 12 pak of water from Amazon who denied it, people escaping so their homes can be looted, let’s beat up the coast like they did in Jersey and buy up all that prime real estate for a song. My gut told me this was nothing but greedy profiteering off the hardships of people. Everyone stands to make a fortune off of this, except the poor people. Totally orchestrated in my view. HAARP could knock this down to a rainy day if they had a mind to.

  6. nawlins  September 8, 2017 at 6:48 am

    In this respect I must disagree with the article’s attitude toward CAT 6. The top end of CAT 5 on the scale is 181.5mph. so technically for awhile IRMA was a CAT 6 (she is now a CAT 5 dropping to a CAT 4). The news cycle feeds off of disaster, shamelessly. “If it bleeds, it leads”. What did you expect from these ghouls?

    Downplaying the effects of these monsters is equally dangerous. I lived through Katrina. I WAS THERE. These were conditions only Mr. Duff could really understand (and my prior first responder days didn’t even come close). At least 1200 dead. The damage defied credulity. With the exception of those that experienced Andrew, these people in south florida have no idea. How could they?

  7. kaho  September 8, 2017 at 1:10 am

    Ian, a couple of days ago you wrote that Global Research is a disinfo site. Can you then explain what is the disinfo aspect of this article that appeared there very recently
    http://www.globalresearch.ca/category-five-hurricane-irma-heading-towards-haiti-and-cuba/5607912

    ?

    • Ian Greenhalgh, Managing Editor  September 8, 2017 at 5:47 am

      Effective disinfo operations are those that publish much valid information but poison the well with key insertions of false, misleading material, otherwise it would be too obvious and people would know it was a disinfo operation.

      A good example are the 9-11 researchers who correctly tell us that the official narrative is wrong, explain how the WTC didn’t collapse rather was vapourised, but then lead us off into blind alleys with nonsense about nano-thermite, a classic disinfo operation. Same thing with Judy Wood who also correctly explains the official narrative is wrong but then tries to sell us a load of nonsense about Directed Energy Weapons etc.

  8. Peter Johnson  September 7, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    There’s a ridiculously excellent site that shows a live wind map of the whole Earth as seen by satellites:

    earth.nullschool.net

    The exact location of Irma is currently

    https://earth.nullschool.net/#current/wind/surface/level/orthographic=-72.38,19.36,3000/loc=-71.980,21.995

    Well worth checking out

    • Peter Johnson  September 8, 2017 at 3:07 am

      It looks like it’s losing strength. It’s gone from 200 kph to 130 kph

  9. Dr. Abu-Bakr Susta  September 7, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    The only Cat-6 hurrycane hitting the U.S. is Humpty Trumpty — emanating Cat-6 windbag bluster. Torrential golden showers provided by Russian Kosher Nostra. In Moscow, Trump saw this… 😉

    Purpose of Fear Porn is a ‘Strategy of Tension’ — used by PsyOps boys & girls worldwide. Trump, Bibi & their international Kosher Nostra ‘muscle’ need the chaos & confusion for CYA purposes. Jeopardy lurks.

    Weather Warfare or not, Cat-5+ Irma is real. If Irma la Douche ‘parks herself’ over Trump’s Mar-a-Lagos whorehouse, this may or may not be justice, since Rotten-Child & Co. might do it to garner sympathy.

    Trump, Bibi & Co. ‘bombed out’ in Syria. No WW3. With Kim & DPRK? Maybe. Strategy of Tension helps.

  10. David Odell  September 7, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    Discernment is the first lesson of the internet. Hurricanes are serious and people should tune into their local weather sources for instructions. If in doubt, get back away from the eye wall and seek shelter in a stable structure. I don’t see the harm in short term deception that edges toward caution. The life preservation effort has normally been met with folks who don’t want to leave when they SHould leave. Facilitative fear is a good thing. Debilitative fear is when your fear creates a negative outcome. Panic is not good. Facilitative fear is when your attachment to things is NOT overridden by your self preservation instincts. During a major storm, Scaremongering is at it’s least harmful. During lead up to War, Scaremongering is at it’s most harmful. Learn to discern.

  11. M.O.A.Bitches  September 7, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    Yup . . .Give the people what they want / When they want / And they wants it all the time.
    FEAR PORN!

    Supergroovalisticprosifunkstication – Parliament

    The FEAR PORN throw down.

    Why is Humpty Trumpty on the news talking about FLORIDA and how good the people are IN FLORIDA that are in dealing with this?

    WTF?!?

    Irma la Douce hasn’t even made landfall in Florida yet! I heard Humpty Trumpy talk about this today (Sept. 7. 2017) 4:00 pm PST on NPR, telling the people in Florida how well they are handling it. LMFGAO. Hmmmmmmm . . . hey kids . . . There IS NO HURRICANE in Florida . . . yet. Throw down . . . baby can he throw down.

    Is Fear Porn Addict/Addiction in the DSM IVIIXCDM yet?!?!?!? Geez . . . I could make a mint trying to wean ADULTS off that teat.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1Y-XZ3Jl5Q

    • JohnZ  September 8, 2017 at 5:51 am

      The same fear porn we were fed back in the 1950s and 60s about the Soviet Union. The same fear porn used against the American people to wage a wasteful war in Viet Nam. Fear porn such as the “domino effect” if Viet Nam fell to the communists.
      The same fear porn used again to wage useless, wasteful illegal wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria.
      Washington is the greatest purveyor of porn anywhere.

  12. JohnZ  September 7, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    Who the hell is doing this crap? These s***heads need to be arrested and charged accordingly. Some people have nothing better to do than post crap like this scaring people with their fake news b.s. Some of those websites like Sons Of Liberty media and Freedom Outpost need to be shut down.
    Ian, the world would be better off without people like these who have nothing better to do than spread this fake crap. Someone needs to break their fingers.
    Better still the National Weather Service could request the FBI or some other agency to investigate each one of those fake hurricane news posters. Maybe some arrests and convictions might give them pause to consider what they are doing.

    • Ian Greenhalgh Managing Editor  September 7, 2017 at 5:11 pm

      I suspect it isn’t just random dickheads with too much time on their hands, it all smells to me like someone is orchestrating this as a concerted campaign. We know that there are buildings full of minimum wage people being used to post things on social media, to join in discussion forums, carry out all kinds of online psyops, it’s not just the Mossad who have such setups, I wrote an article last year about the Mossad’s operation in this area, other intel agencies and governments and also non-state actors do too.

    • Trakkath  September 7, 2017 at 6:30 pm

      Remember the movie “The day after tomorow” ? This came first to my mind when I heard about these storms. Predictive programming was working.

    • JohnZ  September 8, 2017 at 5:56 am

      Ian, it could very well be so. No one should trust or believe anything Washington says and one should be very careful about the so called news outlets on the internet. Facebook is now spewing another Russiagate fake news story…thanks Zuckyboy. How much of this is done using ‘bots?
      Maybe it’s time someone came up with a b.s. app to filter out the bovine mulch being spread across the internet.

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