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- This video shows a waterspout on Clearwater Beach, Florida, in June, not Hurricane Idalia making landfall in August.
A whirling column of mist moves from sea to shore, whipping up beach towels, chairs and more in a recent Facebook video labeled "Clearwater Beach, Florida."
"Hurricane Idalia has started," the video’s caption says.
The Clearwater Police Department posted a similar video on Facebook in June — well before Hurricane Idalia struck two months later — writing: "A small #waterspout moved ashore quickly on #ClearwaterBeach near lifeguard Tower 2."
Two people went to the hospital with minor injuries after being struck by debris, the department said.
In both videos, plenty of people can be seen on the beach. But before Hurricane Idalia made landfall, Pinellas County, which includes Clearwater, ordered the mandatory evacuation of some areas, such as the coast.
We rate claims this video shows Clearwater Beach during the recent Hurricane False.
Facebook post, Aug. 29, 2023
Storyful, Minor Injuries Reported After Waterspout Whips Up Chairs and Umbrellas on Clearwater Beach, June 17, 2023
Clearwater Police Department Facebook post, June 17, 2023
National Ocean Service, What is a waterspout?, visited Sept. 5, 2023
Tampa Bay Times, Clearwater Beach Hyatt ignored Idalia evacuation order, misinformed guests, Sept. 1, 2023
The New York Times, Hurricane Idalia: Florida’s Evacuation Orders by County, Aug. 29, 2023
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