The video of students walking on benches to avoid flooding was not filmed in Florida or after Hurricane Ian. This was done in Texas in 2019.

It’s been a week since Hurricane Jan is broken to Florida and paved a path of destruction in the Carolinas, leaving behind hundreds of thousands of people without electricity.

At least 78 people died as a result of the storm: 71 in Florida, four in North Carolina and three in Cuba. Ian landed on the Caribbean island on September 27, and a day later – in Florida.

Video posted on TikTok and Twitter claimed to show a Florida school that remained open, with young students moving through a flooded hallway, walking on benches. The video has over 330,000 likes and over 20,000 shares on TikTok.

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Does the video show students at a flooded Florida school after Hurricane Ian?



No, the video does not show students at a flooded school in Florida after Hurricane Ian. Video shows flooding at an elementary school in Houston, Texas in 2019.


The video does not show the flooded hallway at the Florida school and was not filmed in 2022 during Hurricane Ian. This was taken in September 2019 in Houston, Texas.

Using RevEye, a reverse image search tool, VERIFY was able to trace the origins of the video to local and international news from time. It was first published on September 20, 2019.

According to reports, the video was filmed at a Durham elementary school and submitted to video licensing company Storyful by a teacher who wished to remain anonymous.

“[The video] showed that teachers are stepping up and doing whatever it takes to make sure these students feel safe,” said the Storyful teacher. “The students are the priority, and nothing else mattered at that moment.”

After that, the school was flooded Tropical Storm Imelda crashed on the coast of Texas. Storm totals dropped from 30 to 44 inches in South Texas precipitationin accordance with National Weather Service.

In Florida, schools in hard-hit areas remain closed until further notice. The Florida Department of Education has a current list of schools plans to reopen after Hurricane Jan, with the first in six counties reopening on Oct. 4.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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