Hurricane Irma, tied as the seventh-strongest storm in USA history, is so powerful it left part of the ocean waterless.
This is one of those things – a hurricane strong enough to change the shape of an ocean.
“I am in disbelief right now…”
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.
But not many people could predict what the storm did to the ocean surrounding a few small Bahamian islands.
He said: “Obviously we’ve never had a storm like this come through here before, so we don’t really know what to expect, but based on what we’ve seen on TV from Saint Martin and Barbuda, we’re really hoping that it doesn’t hit us that hard”.
In addition, sustained winds in excess of 130 miles per hour helped to divert the water in the Bahamas. On the northwest side of the island, it would be blowing the water away from the shoreline.
The force of the mega-storm was so strong it was literally dragging water away from the shoreline in the Bahamas.
“As the storm draws water toward the centre, it gets pulled away from the surroundings”.
According to meteorologists, low tides and distant storm surge are also contributing to the phenomenon.
While some voiced concerns the water would rush back as a tsunami, Angela Fritz, an atmospheric scientist, said the water will likely return slowly, possibly by Sunday afternoon.
The eyewall is now lashing the lower Florida Keys as it prepares to continue along the western coast clipping Naples and Fort Myers before it hits Tampa.