Pictures and video of the weather phenomenon having been posted on social media and show beaches that would usually have several feet of water completely dry. Footage of a dry Bahamas shoreline hit the internet shortly after Irma swept through the Caribbean Islands. Most of Irma's power is coming from a confluence of the cell's unusually low pressure and the warm water in the Atlantic - the hurricane's low pressure is sucking water away from the shore.
"I am in disbelief right now..." she wrote.
This is one of those things - a hurricane strong enough to change the shape of an ocean.
With Hurricane Irma just starting to create her path of destruction in the USA, social media users have been left baffled after footage shows the ocean essentially "disappearing". As the storm draws water toward the center, it gets pulled away from the surroundings.More news: Parliamentarians demand withdrawal of presidential medal given to Suu Kyi
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More than six million people in Florida, roughly 30 per cent of the population, have been told to evacuate. "This is Long Island, Bahamas and the ocean water is missing!"
Meteorologist Angela Fritz writing in the Washington Post said: "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".
According to meteorologists, low tides and distant storm surge are also contributing to the phenomenon. It happened in the Bahamas on Friday and Saturday, and now it's happening on the Gulf Coast of Florida on Sunday. The water will return to Long Island, and it probably won't rush back with any great force. The Florida water will return once the storm leaves the area late Sunday.