After a very strong storm, what we commonly expect is flood that will take weeks or even months to dry and crops all swept away by the rush of the water.
But, the strongest hurricane, (so far, this year), Hurricane Irma did not just leave the common overly outrageous volume of water, instead it left the ocean DRY!
Yes, completely dry.
Twitter user @Piznack, one of the multiple people who shared photos and videos of the strange phenomena, tweeted: “Y’all my family in the Bahamas said Irma sucked up all the water. There’s literally no water. The beach and ocean are gone.”
He then tweeted a video which showed how the water had retreated at a beach in Long Island, Bahamas.
The Washington Post’s deputy weather editor, Angela Fritz, confirmed that this Phenomena is real and may occur during extremely powerful hurricanes such as Irma. “The storm is so powerful, it can easily change the shape of the ocean,” Fritz said.
“Basically, hurricane Irma is so strong and its pressure is so low, it’s sucking water from its surroundings into the core of the storm,” Fritz added.
“In the center of the storm, where there is extreme low pressure, water is drawn upward. 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. As the storm draws water toward the center, it gets pulled away from the surroundings.”
Meanwhile, Wayne Neely, a forecaster in Bahamas’ Department of Meteorology, warned residents of Long Island and Exuma, where water had also reportedly receded from the beaches, to be careful as the ocean returned back to higher levels.
“Care must be taken in this case because the water often returns with even great fury,” Neely said in a Facebook post explaining the phenomenon.
People who had seen the water recede in the Bahamas on Friday said the water returned the next day.
Below are more images of the ocean disappearing from beaches in the Bahamas as far as the Horizon.
Take a look of the video below: