While it's one of our favorite ways to track the storm, the thing about following Sandy via photos on the Internet is that, like a lot of things online, there is a high chance of encountering a fake. Maybe it's because of our desire for attention, or because of Instagram, but this recycling and forging of storm porn has been a thing for awhile. This one that went around during Isaac has been circling the webs since 2005, according to the Florida station Bay News 9. And today is no different, with a lot of impostors posing as legitimate images. So you don't look like that tool who Facebook likes something so obviously not real, we are here to help you sift through the fiction.
So Good It Was Photoshopped
The Image in Question: Statue of Liberty about to get Apocalypse Now-ed.
Why We Want to Believe It's Real: We have a big storm coming to New York City today, so it's possible that someone grabbed this incredible shot of the cloud moving in just before Sandy's arrival. Also, with nature about to eat the Statue of Liberty, we get some symbolism out of this one.
Why It's Totally Fake: It's unbelievable because it didn't happen, as we learn from Snopes.com. Deep down, you knew this couldn't be real. The sky has been cloudy in New York for days, this storm was as slow buil.d This is a Photoshop job that superimposed that part of New York with the Nebraska Tornado below.