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

Posted September 11, 2017

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.

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. The center of the storm has low pressure that draws water upward, according to the Washington Post.

"I am in disbelief right now..."

This is one of those things - a hurricane strong enough to change the shape of an ocean.

It's hard to believe that a storm would be so strong that it could remove the water surrounding an island, but the phenomenon is true.

"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", explains the Post's Angela Fritz.

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".

She posted "There is no more ocean! And they don't know where it went!"

While some have speculated the disappearing water could indicate an incoming tsunami, that's not the case here. The storm sucked the ocean dry near Long Island, Bahamas, as it continues to strengthen and touch ground in Florida.

As the wind blew from southeast to northwest on Saturday, the water would be blown away from the shoreline on the northwest side of Long Island.

Over the weekend more than six million people were ordered to evacuate Florida as the storm moved towards the western coast of the US.