Hurricane Irma demonstrated its sheer power as it sucked the waters from a beach in the Bahamas in a rare weather phenomenon. A video has emerged of the coastline on the usually idyllic Long Island completely drained after the Category 5 storm tore through the area.
Twitter user @Kaydi_K tweeted the video, which has been share over 80,000 times, saying: “I am in disbelief right now... This is Long Island, Bahamas and the ocean water is missing!!! That's as far as they see #HurricaneIrma wtf”.
I am in disbelief right now... This is Long Island, Bahamas and the ocean water is missing!!! That's as far as they see #HurricaneIrma wtf pic.twitter.com/AhPAonjO6s— #ForeverFlourish (@Kaydi_K) September 9, 2017
The hurricane has left a trail of devastation and killed at least 24 as it has churned through the Caribbean and Cuba over the last few days. It is now making landfall in Florida.
After it passed through the Bahamas, another Twitter user named as Adrian shared a picture of the bare coastline in the archipelago.
Sea gone dry 😶 #HurricaneIrma #Bahamas @weatherchannel pic.twitter.com/zBLQn7ym2F— Adrian (@deejayeasya) September 9, 2017
Atmospheric scientist, Angela Fritz, explained in the Washington Post that Irma was so strong that it was sucking water from its surroundings into its core.
She said: “The wind on Long Island in the Bahamas is from the southeast to the northwest on Saturday. On the northwest side of the island, it would be blowing the water away from the shoreline.
“It also may be experiencing the effects of what I call the hurricane “bulge.”
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“In the center of the storm, where there is extreme 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.”
She added that this was not a sign a tsunami was coming and that the water would return to Long Island in a few days.
The Twitter user Adrian later tweeted a picture of the waters returning to the island.
It came back 😊 pic.twitter.com/MEbtRoP4Ap— Adrian (@deejayeasya) September 9, 2017
The same phenomenon is now being seen on the west coast of Florida as Irma heads up the peninsula.
Pictures have emerged of the waters being drained from Tampa Bay, Fort Myers, and Key Largo before they'll surge back in, threatening to flood the surround areas.
#Tampa Bay is being pushed out right now, as soon as those winds change that water is going to surge back in! #Irma pic.twitter.com/k7piE301mX— Kait Parker (@WeatherKait) September 10, 2017
Wow! Fort Myers beach almost looks drained...water going out due to strong offshore winds #TrackingIrma pic.twitter.com/ZF9yfybP9h— Mackenzie Bart (@mbartwx) September 10, 2017