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Dorian Revives Old Falsehoods About Hurricanes

The Associated Press runs down misinformation about the killer storms
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 2, 2019 12:45 PM CDT
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Waves crash in front of an American flag that is planted on a jetty during a high surf from the Atlantic Ocean, in advance of the potential arrival of Hurricane Dorian, in Vero Beach, Fla., Monday, Sept. 2, 2019.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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(Newser) – The names of hurricanes may change, but one thing seems to stay the same: Misinformation spreads quickly during these dangerous storms, the AP reports. Hurricane Dorian, an extremely powerful Category 4 storm that has brought misery to the Bahamas since making landfall Sunday, is expected to be no different. Here's a sampling of false information, fabricated photos and hoaxes that have accompanied other big name hurricanes. While some of the misleading information—much of which is spread on social media—may be lighthearted, it can also create confusion or lead to dangerous situations.

  • CLAIM: Immigrations and Customs Enforcement along with US Customs and Border Patrol officials check for citizenship status at shelters. THE FACTS: FEMA rebutted this claim during Hurricane Harvey in 2017.

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