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Beware of Fake Irma Forecasts

Beware of Fake Irma Forecasts
Fake forecasts for Irma were going viral, but this is what the official forecast looks like as of Friday evening. (NOAA/NWS)

By    |   Wednesday, 06 September 2017 07:12 AM

The National Weather Service is warning people about fake weather forecasts circulating for Hurricane Irma, at least one of which has gone viral and shows the storm hitting the Texas coast.

A fake image posted Thursday showed Irma hitting Texas in the same place Harvey did, less than two weeks after that storm dumped a record 50 inches of rain on Houston and caused widespread flooding that may have destroyed over 40,000 homes and displaced hundreds of thousands of people.

According to BuzzFeed, the fake forecast Facebook post by Joe Maley had a fake NOAA logo and was shared more than 37,000 times before being deleted.

The post led meteorologists on Twitter to warn people against sharing the post, even informing them it is illegal to publish a false weather report that looks like it came from the NWS or NOAA. BuzzFeed noted the act is punishable by a fine or up to 90 days in jail.

Real NWS and NOAA forecasts only show the next five days, and Irma is forecast to still be over open water in Five days. Experts don’t know how much Irma will strengthen or what its ultimate direction will be at this point.

The National Weather Service posted its current five-day outlook for Irma to show what an official forecast looks like and help distinguish it from hoaxes.

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The National Weather Service is warning people about fake weather forecasts circulating for Hurricane Irma, at least one of which has gone viral and shows the storm hitting the Texas coast.
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