Hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, tsunamis and other natural disasters are no joking matter. Nine years ago, Hurricane Katrina struck the U.S. and left a trail of devastation in her wake.
Even now, people are still recovering from that massive tragedy. We now treat hurricanes and other weather warnings with much more caution, but if you see a weather alert on Facebook, please don't share it!
There is a Facebook account that has been posting false and misleading weather "predictions" on Facebook for several years now, and it has gotten them in trouble more than once. Namely, because his predictions needlessly frighten the general populace and frustrate the real meteorologists.
There IS an actual tropical storm that's forming on the East side of the Caribbean, but it's not nearly strong enough to warrant this kind of panic. Most real weather services have already ruled out the disaster, and even posted a tweet reassuring the public.
— Marshall Shepherd (@DrShepherd2013) August 20, 2014
This tweet from Marshall Shepherd shares a quote from the National Hurricane Center that says " ... there is no reliable science to forecast potential impacts to specific locations that would be more than a week away."
You can see by one of the questionable Facebook posts below that they copy the style of the real National Weather Service, so it can be tricky to tell them apart. But a good hint is that his posts have "SHARE IMMEDIATELY" in all capitals on the posts.
So remember, if you do come across a post like this on Facebook, be sure to check the source before sharing it on your Facebook feed. This kind of misinformation can cause a lot of problems for people, and this kind of unfunny hoax doesn't deserve the attention.