Hurricane Irma is literally sucking the water away from shorelines

Violet Powell
September 11, 2017

THIS was the freaky moment the devastating Hurricane Irma sucked water away from Caribbean beaches in a rare phenomenon. "And they don't know where it went!"

Washington Post's deputy weather editor and astmospheric scientist Angela Fritz said that "Hurricane Irma is so strong and its pressure is so low, it's sucking water from its surroundings into the core of the storm".

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.

The most powerful hurricane ever recorded over the Atlantic Ocean has battered several Caribbean islands, leaving Barbuda and St. Martins near "uninhabitable", according to national authorities.

"I am in disbelief right now..." she wrote.

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The water is due to return to Long Island on Sunday, she added.

Wayne Neely, a forecaster with the Bahamas Department of Meteorology that this particular phenomenon also took place during a 1936 hurricane affecting Acklins Island in the Bahamas. Hurricane Irma has also left catastrophic damage as it passed over Turks and Caicos, southern Bahamas, northern Dominican Republic and northern Haiti. As the storm draws water toward the center, it gets pulled away from the surroundings.

Meteorologists are calling it a reverse storm surge where low tides and high winds are pulling the water back.

While some have speculated the disappearing water could indicate an incoming tsunami, that's not the case here. The water should return by Sunday afternoon without any great force.

Yesterday, Jamaicans living in the TCI appealed to the Government to bring them home before Irma hit.

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