Rare Phenomenon As Irma Literally Sucks The Water Away From The Shoreline

Dramatic image shows where Hurricane Irma may be headed

"I am in disbelief right now..." The storm sucked the ocean dry near Long Island, Bahamas, as it continues to strengthen and touch ground in Florida.

Footage from the Hurricane Irma-hit Bahamas freaked out netizens on Saturday as the seawater was completely missing from a bay as far as the eye could see.

Another Twitter user tweeted a photo of the exposed beach at a different beach in the Bahamas and showed it was back to normal within less than a day. "That's as far as they see".

Hurricane Irma is creating such a stir that it is pulling water from the shorelines of some of the areas caught in the hurricane's crosshairs.

Hurricane Irma's winds are so strong and its pressure is so low that it's sucking water into the core of the storm, the Washington Post reports.

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It's hard to believe that a storm would be so strong that it could remove the water surrounding an island, but the phenomenon is true.

It also may be experiencing the effects of what I call the hurricane "bulge".

Hurricane Irma has been classed as the highest Category 5 storm with winds topping 195mph. As the storm draws water toward the center, it gets pulled away from the surroundings.

While some voiced concerns the water would rush back as a tsunami, Angela Fritz, an atmospheric scientist, said the water will likely return slowly, possibly by Sunday afternoon.

The eyewall is now lashing the lower Florida Keys as it prepares to continue along the western coast clipping Naples and Fort Myers before it hits Tampa.

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    When will the water come back? On the northwest side of the island, it would be blowing the water away from the shoreline. He said: "Care must be taken in this case because the water often returns with even greater fury".


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