Hurricane Irma pulls ocean away from Bahamas shore

Posted September 11, 2017

The force of Hurricane Irma is so strong it has sucked all sign of water away from beaches in the Bahamas as it heads towards the U.S. mainland. You know they happen theoretically, but the chances of seeing the most extraordinary weather phenomena are slim to none.

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.

"I am in disbelief right now..." she wrote.

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One Twitter user posted a video showing a dried up shore on Long Island in the Bahamas.

In addition, sustained winds in excess of 130 miles per hour helped to divert the water in the Bahamas.

It also may be experiencing the effects of what I call the hurricane "bulge". Meteorologist say that low pressure in the center of the storm caused the seawater to be drawn upwards into itself and away from shorelines in the Bahamas beaches.

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Angela Fritz, deputy weather editor of the Washington Post noted that extremely powerful hurricanes, such as Irma can change the shape of the ocean for a period of time. As the storm draws water toward the center, it gets pulled away from the surroundings.

While some have speculated the disappearing water could indicate an incoming tsunami, that's not the case here. The water will return to Long Island, and it probably won't rush back with any great force.

Irma is due to make landfall in the Florida Keys this weekend and then move north up the coast.

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