Published: Mon, September 11, 2017
World News | By Carolyn Briggs

Hurricane Irma Sucks Water Away From Bahamas Shorelines

Hurricane Irma Sucks Water Away From Bahamas Shorelines

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. As the storm gobbles water towards its center, it gets pulled from its surroundings.

"I am in disbelief right now.This is Long Island, Bahamas and the ocean water is missing!"

With Hurricane Irma just starting to create her path of destruction in the U.S., social media users have been left baffled after footage shows the ocean essentially "disappearing".

The Washington Post added that on Saturday, the wind on Long Island in the Bahamas was blowing from southeast to northwest, and therefore, on the north west side of the shoreline, the water was getting blown away from the shoreline.

Fritz said the water won't rush back rapidly.

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Wayne Neely, a forecaster with the Bahamas Department of Meteorology that this particular phenomenon also took place during a 1936 hurricane affecting Acklins Island in the Bahamas. Footage of a dry Bahamas shoreline hit the internet shortly after Irma swept through the Caribbean Islands.

As of Friday night, the storm was honing in on Hurricane Irma as a Category Four storm, packing extremely unsafe winds of 150 miles (240 kilometers) per hour. In the center of the storm, where there is extreme low pressure, water is drawn upward.

Basically, in the case of Irma, the power and the pressure have combined in such a way that the "bulge" effect is sucking the Atlantic ocean into its vortex.

Irma made landfall over the Florida Keys Sunday morning as a category 4 storm.

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