Monday, May 1, 2017

Tornado Carrying Mobile Home 130 Miles From Oklahoma To Kansas With Family Safe Is Fake News

A tornado carrying a mobile home for 130 miles and leaving the residents inside unharmed are fake news. Reports that a tornado was able to transport a mobile home for 130 miles from Oklahoma to Kansas, leaving the occupying family safe and unharmed, was circulated on social media in August 2016.

This article was originally published by World News Daily Report (WNDR) in May 2015, and opened with the following statement. Take note of the woman's name as Dorothy as a nod to The Wizard of Oz.

"A family from Tulsa, Oklahoma, underwent the scariest experience of their life yesterday, when their mobile home was carried over 130 miles by a tornado, landing in a rural Kansas area. Five members of the same family were inside the building during its "flight", and all of them have miraculously survived without injuries.

41-year old Dorothy Williams, was at home with her husband, her son, and her two brothers, when their mobile home was lifted off the ground by an F4 tornado."

While the World News Daily Report article featured real photographs of tornado damage, the accompanying story about a mobile home being carried for over 130 miles was a fabricated one.

The World News Daily Report has a history of publishing fake news. The web site's disclaimer states that all of the site's content is of "fictional nature."

WNDR assumes however all responsibility for the satirical nature of its articles and for the fictional nature of their content. All characters appearing in the articles in this website – even those based on real people – are entirely fictional and any resemblance between them and any persons, living, dead, or undead is purely a miracle.

Here are some examples of people sharing the fake news on social media.

In real news, at least 11 people were killed and dozens more were injured after severe storms that included powerful tornadoes hit the South, including Arkansas, Missouri and a region of Texas east of Dallas, officials said. At least four tornadoes touched down in east Texas on Saturday afternoon and evening, the National Weather Service said.

The tornadoes in Texas occurred as storms swept across the parts of the South and Midwest on Saturday, with flash flood warnings in place for a swath stretching from eastern Oklahoma to western Kentucky and parts of Illinois.

About 45 Texas parishioners are grateful to be alive after a deadly tornado touched down, crushing most of the St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church as they gathered to honor high school graduates, CNN said.

What did you think of the fake news about the tornado? Did you see people sharing it falsely on social media? Let us know in the comments section.

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