Footage Shows Hurricane Irma Sucking Water Away From Caribbean Shorelines Before Striking Florida

Last night, a new footage of the bone dry beaches in the Bahamas appeared, and the strange sight resulted in a general shock and disbelief.

Twitter user @Kaydi_K wrote in her tweet above:

“I am in disbelief right now… This is Long Island, Bahamas and the ocean water is missing!!!”

Yet, meteorologists provide an explanation for it all. Such cases are rare, but this one is linked to Hurricane Irma and its massive strength.

According to Angela Fritz from the Washington Post:

“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 adds:

“It also may be experiencing the effects of what I call the hurricane “bulge.” In the center of the storm, where there is extremely low pressure, water is drawn upward.

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. As the storm draws water toward the center, it gets pulled away from the surroundings.”

Her goal is to calm people down as the water will not be rushing back like a tsunami, but it will slowly return. Yet, such consequences of the hurricane just remind people of the amazing strength of the storm and its possible devastating outcomes in the future.



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