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Tornado Hits Manjung, Perak… NOT!

Updated @ 12/8/2015 : We can now confirm beyond a shadow of doubt that no tornado hit Manjung, Perak or Lumut (as another hoax claimed). Let’s take a look at what’s true and what’s false…


Was This A Genuine Warning?

At 1:49 pm on the 11th of August 2015, the Malaysian Meteorological Department issued a thunderstorm alert for a large swathe of peninsular Malaysia. The warning extended as far north as Perlis and all the way south to Melaka. However, it appears that the thunderstorm was particularly ferocious in Perak, with a report of a tornado in Manjung.

The thunderstorm warning issued by the Malaysian Meteorological Department on the 11th of August 2015

Verdict : True. The Malaysian Meteorological Department did issue the thunderstorm alert as pictured below. This was also posted on their official Facebook page, which is why it was so believable.

Credit for the pictures in this report goes to William Wong. Thanks!


Tornado Hits Manjung

Here are a picture of the tornado that apparently hit Manjung, Perak earlier this afternoon.

Tornado Hits Manjung, Perak

Verdict : False. We could not determine the provenance of this picture, or identify its location. However, we traced this photo all the way back to July 2009, so it cannot be of yesterday’s thunderstorm.

And here are pictures of the devastation that this thunderstorm left in its aftermath…

The destruction caused by the thunderstorm on the 11th of August 2015

Verdict : Undetermined. We could not determine the provenance, age or location of this picture. If you can identify the time and/or place for this picture, please let us know.

The destruction caused by the thunderstorm on the 11th of August 2015

Verdict : False. From our investigation, this photo was taken in Brunei on the 10th of July, 2015. On that day, a ferocious storm ripped through four districts in Brunei, tearing off roofs and toppling trees.  This is a picture of one of the cars that were destroyed by uprooted trees from that storm.

We hope that no one was hurt in this terrible thunderstorm.

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