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Viral Photo Of Obama During Hurricane Harvey Is Fake (Photos)

A photograph of former President Barack Obama purportedly serving food during Hurricane Harvey is going viral, even though the photo was taken in 2015.

The photo, which has more than 7,000 retweets on Twitter, claimed to show the former president serving food to those in need during Hurricane Harvey in Texas, according to CNN. But the photo was actually taken during a Thanksgiving dinner in 2015.

The picture was shared on Twitter with the caption: “Something you’ll never see Trump do: Obama is in Texas serving meals!” After several users replied with questions about its authenticity, the original poster deleted the tweet.

Obama was not in Texas during the storm but did tweet a link to the American Red Cross, urging people to help in any way they could.

Federal and local officials declared a state of emergency after the storm hit. Hurricane Harvey has ravaged the Gulf Coast of Texas since making landfall on Aug. 25. The storm was classified as a Category 4 hurricane during its peak but has since been downgraded to a tropical storm, according to The Hill.

At least five people have been killed and a dozen more injured as a result of Hurricane Harvey, according to The New York Times. Houston has had severe flooding and residents have needed emergency rescues from their rooftops as their homes were under water. Houston did not issue evacuation orders before the storm.

By the time the storm ends, experts say, parts of Texas will have received as much as 50 inches of rainfall. The storm is not expected to end for several more days.

 

“This event is unprecedented & all impacts are unknown & beyond anything experienced,” said the National Weather Service in a tweet Aug. 27. President Donald Trump praised the work of emergency crews and local law enforcement during the storm and has made plans to visit Texas on Aug. 29.

Experts think Hurricane Harvey could wind up being the worst flooding disaster in U.S. history, in part fueled by warm waters in the Gulf of Mexico and the lack of headwinds that could have moved Harvey away from land, according to The New York Times.

J. Marshall Shepherd, director of atmospheric sciences at the University of Georgia, said he was concerned with the public’s sense of relief after Harvey was downgraded to a tropical storm from a Category 4 hurricane. Shepherd noted that the technical terminology may have confused some into thinking the storm was lessening.

Rainfall is expected across the region for several more days, with flooding remaining a major concern.

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