Hurricane Harvey Hoaxes: What's Fake, What's Real

August 28, 2017 01:25 PM
Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey struck the Gulf Coast of Texas Friday night as a Category 4 storm. Since then, inches of rain have fallen in Corpus Christi, Galveston, Houston and Victoria.

Pictures of the damages and flooding have been shared hundreds and thousands of times. But what photos are fake?

Shark in the Streets
As cool as it might be for there to be a shark swimming down the freeway in Houston, this one is a fake.

Move over, Transformers! That would be one sweet movie. But that is not what the Houston Airport really looks like. The photo, from the Climate Central website, is a mock-up of what La Guardia airport would look like at high tide.

New Phone, Who Dis?
It’s pretty easy for false information to be passed like wildfire. Instead of calling the 1-800 number, Houston Police are telling residents to call either 911, 311 or 713-884-3131.

Refrigerator Raft
It looks like something out of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, but this photo of a family escaping flooding in a refrigerator was taken during a flood in Houston in 2016.

Floating Fire Ants
This one is real. And terrifying.

Flood Snakes
A banded water snake. Going for a swim.


And this poll, it’s real too.



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