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Fact Check: This is a movie scene, not footage of a real storm in Kansas City

Vishvas News in its investigation found that this claim is misleading. This is not real storm footage, but clips from a movie.

  • By Vishvas News
  • Updated: May 17, 2022

New Delhi, Vishvas News. A video is going viral on social media, in which a fierce storm can be seen destroying cars, houses, and buildings. This storm is so huge that it is taking away not only the vehicles but also the big airplanes at the airport. It is being claimed with the post that this is a video of a real storm that struck Kansas City, USA. Vishvas News found in its investigation that this is not real footage, but a scene from a film.

What’s in the viral post

A user named Carleen Kelley shared this video and wrote in the description “Here’s something that will scare the jeepers out of you. This tornado video was shot in Kansas, and the National Geographic Channel reportedly paid $1 million for the attached video. Much of this video was shot by storm chasers, but some had to have been shot by remote, stationary cameras.” Video duration: 3 minutes and 35 seconds.

An archived version of this post can be viewed here.

Investigation

To verify the viral claim, we searched the keyframes of this video on Google reverse image. We found glimpses of the viral video in a video clip uploaded on the verified Youtube channel of Warner Bros. The description said it was a trailer of the movie ‘Into the Storm’.

Taking a hint from here, we searched with keywords. We found many more short clips of this film on the website of Warner Bros. The similarity between the viral video and the videos from this film can be seen in the collage below.

We reached out to journalist Lilia Luciano, who works for CBS News, on this topic. She told us, “These clips are apparently from the 2014 Hollywood film Into the Storm.”

Upon searching, we found that Kansas City is frequented by tornadoes. The recent storm caused a lot of devastation in the city.

The viral claim was posted by a Facebook user named Carleen Kelley. The user had joined Facebook in 2009.

Conclusion: Vishvas News in its investigation found that this claim is misleading. This is not real storm footage, but clips from a movie.

  • Claim Review : Here's some thing that will scare the jeepers out of you. This tornado video was shot in Kansas, and the National Geographic Channel reportedly paid $1 million for the attached video. Much of this video was shot by storm chasers, but some had to have been shot by remote, stationary cameras.
  • Claimed By : Carleen Kelley
  • Fact Check : False
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