Hurricane Irma sucks water from beaches in Bahamas

Posted September 11, 2017

"That's as far as they see".

In the center of Irma, the pressure is very low and water is drawn upward in a sucking motion.

A viral video posted to social media on Saturday shows how powerful the category 5 hurricane was when it plowed through the Caribbean.

He also warned that the water will come back soon - and residents should be cautious, since the water's return may be powerful.

In the video footage shared by a Twitter user from Long Island, Bahamas, a dry ocean bed covered in large shells was clearly seen after Hurricane Irma drained away water on Friday.

Angela Fritz, an atmospheric scientist and the Washington Post's deputy weather editor, explained what happened. "And they don't know where it went!" Footage of a dry Bahamas shoreline hit the internet shortly after Irma swept through the Caribbean Islands.

Damage to a home on Ragged Island caused by Hurricane Irma
Damage to a home on Ragged Island caused by Hurricane Irma

"Basically, Hurricane Irma is so strong and its pressure is so low, it's sucking water from its surroundings into the core of the storm", she writes.

As the wind blew from southeast to northwest on Saturday, the water would be blown away from the shoreline on the northwest side of Long Island.

This is one of those things - a hurricane strong enough to change the shape of an ocean. As the storm gobbles water towards its center, it gets pulled from its surroundings.

In addition, sustained winds in excess of 130 miles per hour helped to divert the water in the Bahamas.

While some have speculated the disappearing water could indicate an incoming tsunami, that's not the case here.

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