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Hurricane Irma sucks sea from Florida beach in rare natural phenomenon

Video footage has shown how Hurricane Irma has sucked water from the Florida coastline, in what is the second instance of the rare phenomenon within 24 hours.  The category 5 storm has already ripped through the Caribbean Islands before it reached Florida and has killed at least 24 people and left beaches bare along the coastline of the Bahamas.

Video footage has shown how Hurricane Irma has sucked water from the Florida coastline, in what is the second instance of the rare phenomenon within 24 hours. 

The category 5 storm has already ripped through the Caribbean Islands before it reached Florida and has killed at least 24 people and left beaches bare along the coastline of the Bahamas.

This rare phenomenon is caused by a strong hurricane and resulting low pressure, which sucks water into the core of the storm.

For a few hours or even days, it is possible for a storm to change the shape of an ocean.

Despites concerns, experts have said the water is likely to return slowly amid fears it could rush back as a tsunami. 

A video of the coast line in Tampa Bay was posted on Twitter and shows the water being sucked out. 

Previously the hurricane had sucked water from the Bahamas shoreline, much to the disbelief of locals. 

“I am in disbelief right now... This is Long Island, Bahamas and the ocean water is missing!!!” one Twitter user said. 

A two minute video of the incident has been retweeted and commented on more than 100,000 times.

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