Video of a huge cloud does not correspond to the arrival of Hurricane Beryl to Mexico in July 2024

Video of a huge cloud does not correspond to the arrival of Hurricane Beryl to Mexico in July 2024
Video of a huge cloud does not correspond to the arrival of Hurricane Beryl to Mexico in July 2024

“AlMomento | VERY POWERFUL! This is how Hurricane Beryl begins to feel in Cancun, Quintana Roo”states one of the publications circulating on Facebook (1, 2), X (1, ​​2), TikTok (1, 2), YouTube and articles in the media (1, 2).

Similar entries circulate in Portuguese (1, 2).

Screenshot of a post on X made on July 5, 2024

On July 5, 2024, Beryl made landfall in Mexico north of Tulum, in the state of Quintana Roo (southeast) as a Category 2 hurricane, later downgrading to a tropical storm. According to government reports, at the time of this publication the phenomenon has only caused material damage.

Beryl is the first hurricane of the Atlantic season, which runs from early June to late November, and has impressed experts with its intensity.

A reverse search of the video’s key frames on Google led to the oldest records of the sequence: Facebook posts (1, 2, 3) published by local media on June 19, 2024.

The publications indicate that the sequence shows the arrival in Mexico of tropical storm Alberto, which left four dead after making landfall on the 20th of that month near the city of Tampico, in the state of Tamaulipas (north).

A Google search with the keywords “tormenta tropical”, “Alberto”, “Mexico” y “clouds” led to a YouTube post published on June 19, 2024 by Mexican media outlet Milenio. The post reports on the states that would be affected by Tropical Storm Alberto and shows the viral sequence.

According to the National Weather Service, Beryl became a hurricane on June 29, 2024, ten days after the viral video began circulating.

AFP Factual was unable to locate the exact location where the footage was shot.

References

  • Facebook videos posted by local media (1, 2, 3)
  • YouTube post published by Milenio
  • National Weather System Report on Hurricane Beryl
 
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