Hurricane Irma Sucks Water Away From Bahamas Shorelines

Posted September 11, 2017

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. Footage of a dry Bahamas shoreline hit the internet shortly after Irma swept through the Caribbean Islands.

She called it the hurricane "bulge" - where water is drawn into the centre of the storm and the shape of the ocean is changed.

Kaydi K wrote: "I am in disbelief right now". Low pressure is basically a sucking mechanism - it sucks the air into it, and when it's really low, it can change the shape of the surface of the ocean.

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.

Hurricane Irma is so powerful that it is literally pulling the water in the ocean toward it and exposing the ocean bottom as far as the eye can see in some places.

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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.

But not many people could predict what the storm did to the ocean surrounding a few small Bahamian islands.

Footage from the Irma-hit Bahamas freaked out social media users on Saturday as it emerged that seawater was missing from a bay as far as the eye could see. The water should return by Sunday afternoon without any great force.

Over the weekend more than six million people were ordered to evacuate Florida as the storm moved towards the western coast of the US.