Flossie fantasy: Laughably erroneous weather story in IBT

Update, 2:55 p.m.: International Business Times (IBT) has taken down the erroneous story per Twitter:

Original article, 2:47 p.m.: A weather story in the International Business Times about now post-tropical cyclone Flossie, posing as news, is so riddled with fiction, it could easily form the basis for SyFy’s next preposterous disaster flick.


Headline for story on tropical storm Flossie in the International Business Times (web screenshot)

Bewilderingly, the author of the IBT article has linked Flossie, a one-time tropical storm in the Pacific Ocean, with extreme weather in the continental U.S. over the past several days.

Flossie, according to the IBT piece, is behind two flood-related deaths in North Carolina, record-setting rain in Philadelphia, and heavy rain and hail in Las Vegas.

The story’s headline, Tropical Storm Flossie: 2 Dead In North Carolina After Flossie Barrels Through US Mainland, Storm Touches Down In Hawaii, could win an award for its absurdity.

Flossie never passed over the U.S. mainland and had absolutely nothing to do with any mainland U.S. weather event. As CWG’s Jack Williams described earlier today:

Flossie formed roughly 1,000 miles southwest of Cabo San Lucas at the tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula at 8 p.m. on July 24.

The storm has since moved westward over the Pacific, never for a moment impacting the mainland U.S.

Meteorologists and science writers on Twitter have been swift to ridicule the IBT piece:


Jason is currently the Washington Post’s weather editor. A native Washingtonian, Jason has been a weather enthusiast since age 10.
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