Published: Mon, September 11, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Viral Video Shows Where Hurricane Irma Literally Dried Up The Ocean

Viral Video Shows Where Hurricane Irma Literally Dried Up The Ocean

"I am in disbelief right now.This is Long Island, Bahamas and the ocean water is missing!"

People were filmed walking on sand on Long Island in the Caribbean island that would usually be covered by the sea.

It also sucked away ocean water from the shoreline at some beaches in the Bahamas.

The person who posted the video later added an update to her original post that "Long Island has the all clear".

More than six million people in Florida, roughly 30 per cent of the population, have been told to evacuate. As far as the eye can see.

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Other users confirmed the scene. Footage of a dry Bahamas shoreline hit the internet shortly after Irma swept through the Caribbean Islands.

"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.

It also may be experiencing the effects of what I call the hurricane "bulge". 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.

The storm is so powerful that it has literally absorbed ocean water into its core enough that it dried out the ocean surrounding the Bahamas.

Although the Tsunami Information Center warns receding waters are typically a precursor to a tsunami, the Washington Post reports that is not the case in this instance. 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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