Hurricane Irma Sucked The Ocean Away From Bahamas And Florida Beaches

“There’s literally no water. The beach and ocean are gone.”

Hurricane Irma is so strong that it has temporarily sucked the ocean away from beaches in Florida and the Bahamas in recent days.

Twitter user @Piznack, one of the multiple people to share videos of the strange scene, tweeted on Saturday: “Y’all my family in the Bahamas said Irma sucked up all the water. There’s literally no water. The beach and ocean are gone.”

Check out the follow-up video that showed how the water had retreated at a beach in Long Island, Bahamas.

On Sunday, the National Weather Service confirmed the phenomenon was also occurring in Naples, Florida. A public information coordinator for Clearwater, Florida, shared videos of the “negative surge” in Tampa Bay.

Angela Fritz, deputy weather editor of The Washington Post, confirmed this phenomenon is real and may occur during extremely powerful hurricanes such as Irma. The storm is so powerful that it can essentially change the shape of the ocean for a time, Fritz wrote.

“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,” Fritz wrote.

“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.”

Wayne Neely, a forecaster with the Bahamas’ Department of Meteorology, warned residents of Long Island and Exuma, where water had also reportedly receded from the beaches, to be careful as the ocean surged back to high levels.

“Care must be taken in this case because the water often returns with even greater fury,” Neely said in a Facebook post explaining the phenomenon.

Irma ripped through the Caribbean Sea and parts of the Atlantic Ocean earlier this week and made landfall in Florida on Sunday morning. So far, the storm has killed at least 22 people and displaced thousands more.

Below are more images of the ocean disappearing, in some cases beyond the horizon, at beaches in Florida and the Bahamas.

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2 Comments

  1. Allwinbose

    September 12, 2017 at 6:22 am

    Is it good or bad? But it is very sad news.

  2. Jason Wright

    November 1, 2017 at 12:45 am

    I lived on St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands for both Irma and Maria and you can’t even imagine the pressure that these storms created. Televisions started exploding, hurricane shutters that I drove 6 inch nails through the center of into the window frames were peeled out as if you’d done it with the claw part of the hammer. Not being able to catch your breath because the air is so thin and pressurized. Those storms stripped the life from the islands and life is like it was hundreds of years ago before electricity and running water. Imagine enduring all of this not once but twice in a 2 week period. These people still need lots of help so hopefully people won’t forget them.

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