Shepard Smith Fox News clip doesn’t show Hurricane Ian forecast

The viral clip features Shepard Smith, who left Fox News in 2019, and talks about the path of Hurricane Matthew, which hit the east coast in October 2016.

Hurricane Ian made landfall along Florida’s southwest coast Wednesday afternoon, lashing the state with heavy rain and generating a devastating storm surge after strengthening to near Category 5 magnitude.

As the storm approached Florida, a clip from Fox News claiming to show host Shepard Smith issuing a dire warning to Florida residents about Hurricane Ian went viral on Twitter (see here and here).

“Look at this? Melbourne, Daytona Beach, all the way to Jacksonville. This moves west 20 miles and you and everyone you know is dead. All of you. Because you can’t survive it. It’s not possible , unless you’re very, very lucky. And your kids die, too,” Smith says in the clip.

As of September 28, the video had more than 9 million views.

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THE QUESTION

Has Fox News host Shepard Smith issued a dire warning about Hurricane Ian?

THE SOURCES

THE ANSWER

That's wrong.

No, the video is from 2016 and shows former Fox News anchor Shepard Smith discussing the path of Hurricane Matthew.

WHAT WE FOUND

A Fox News spokesman confirmed to VERIFY that the clip is an old segment unrelated to Hurricane Ian and has not been re-aired.

The segment, starring the former Fox News host, aired on October 6, 2016 and went viral at the time (see here, here and here for examples).

Smith left Fox News in 2019 and is currently the anchor of “The News with Shepard Smith” on CNBC.

In the viral clip posted prior to Hurricane Ian in September 2022, the ticker at the end of the clip mentions Hurricane Matthew, which made landfall off the east coast in October 2016. Hurricane Matthew brought historic flooding to North Carolina, causing millions of dollars in damage and several deaths in the state, according to the National Weather Service.

The ticker at the bottom of the viral clip also said that the Dow Jones Industrial Average, or stock market index, came in at 18,269.54.

On September 28, 2022, the Dow was at 29,566.92.

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