A video of lighting and thunder is going viral on social media with the claim that the visuals are from Cyclone Amphan that made landfall in West Bengal on May 20.
A video is being shared with the caption: “Lightening in Amphan cyclone…”
— Deejay Kiran K/ACTOR (@deejaykirank) May 20, 2020
Amphan (um-pan) means sky. It was named in 2004 by Thailand. #Amphan #AmphanCyclone #Amphan_Alert #AmphanUpdate #AmphanSuperCyclone #Odisha #WestBengal #StormIsUponUs #lightening pic.twitter.com/uOCdrWTtap
— View Host (@eviewhost28) May 20, 2020
Using screenshots of the video on Google reverse image search and we found that links of several Facebook and Twitter posts from April 2020, uploaded the same video.
A Facebook page uploaded the same video on April 27, 2020, claiming that the video id from Andhra Pradesh.
A Twitter user named @Domenico also uploaded the same video with the caption, “The lightning near the village I live (Andhra Pradesh) India.”
The lightning near the village I live ( Andhra Pradesh) India pic.twitter.com/495odxkU16
— Domenico (@AvatarDomy) April 25, 2020
According to IMD, the tropical cyclone in the Bay of Bengal intensified into a super cyclonic storm between May 17-18 and made the landfall on May 20.
Read the report here
This confirms that the video is old and was already available on the internet before Cyclone Amphan made landfall.