Social media users are claiming a video shows a tornado barreling through the US state of Florida as Hurricane Idalia made landfall in August 2023. This is false; the footage dates to 2022 and shows a twister that battered Andover, Kansas.
"Category 4 Hurricane Idalia makes landfall in Florida bringing waves 12ft, tornado - hope it passes quickly," says an August 30 post sharing the clip on X, formerly known as Twitter.
The video, which shows a tornado whirling across an open field and through a white fence, spread online after Idalia struck Florida's marshy, sparsely populated Big Bend region as a Category 3 hurricane on August 30. The storm weakened to a Category 1 and eventually a tropical storm with winds of 60 miles per hour as it raked over Georgia and into South Carolina.
Hurricanes can spawn twisters, and Idalia triggered tornado watches across several coastal US states. The National Weather Service's (NWS) preliminary local storm report for southeast Georgia and South Carolina (archived here) lists several possible tornadoes, including one weak twister that flipped a car in South Carolina.
But the clip circulating online predates Idalia by more than a year -- reverse image searches reveal it was captured in Andover, Kansas on April 29, 2022.