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Rare Phenomenon As Irma Literally Sucks The Water Away From The Shoreline

11 September 2017

The storm passed through the southeast islands including Mayagua, Inagua, Crooked Island Acklins, Long Cay and Ragged Islands, on Thursday and Friday.

The phenomenon was first seen this weekend in the Bahamas, when a resident posted a video on Twitter that depicted a beach with no water. As the storm gobbles water towards its center, it gets pulled from its surroundings. Footage of a dry Bahamas shoreline hit the internet shortly after Irma swept through the Caribbean Islands.

"I am in disbelief right now..."

Hurricane Irma is creating such a stir that it is pulling water from the shorelines of some of the areas caught in the hurricane's crosshairs.

"As a meteorologist, there are things you learn in textbooks that you may never see in person", she wrote.

Before  after images of beach cuts from Hurricane Irma on the northwest coast of Barbuda in September 2017. Faint gray arrows point to the beach cuts
Before after images of beach cuts from Hurricane Irma on the northwest coast of Barbuda in September 2017. Faint gray arrows point to the beach cuts

The video, posted by user @Kaydi_K, shows the ocean around the Bahamian island of Long Island literally gone - so gone that the user walked on the ocean floor.

Hurricane Irma is strong enough to completely change the shape of an ocean.

The phenomenon, though rare, is not a sign of a tsunami, according to the Post.

The storm sucked the ocean dry near Long Island, Bahamas, as it continues to strengthen and touch ground in Florida.

Fritz reassures readers that the water will return, and not in any risky fashion, stating that the storm is not a "tsunami" and by Sunday afternoon or so, the ocean should be back to normal. The Category 4 storm made landfall Sunday morning in Florida, where it is expected to move up the western coast of the state.

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Rare Phenomenon As Irma Literally Sucks The Water Away From The Shoreline