Hurricane Irma is sucking the water away from shorelines

Hurricane Irma is sucking the water away from shorelines

Hurricane Irma is sucking the water away from shorelines

With Hurricane Irma just starting to create her path of destruction in the United States, social media users have been left baffled after footage shows the ocean essentially "disappearing".

Fritz says the water will return to Long Island as the storm abates.

The footage shows dry land as far as the eye can see as Irma passed just south of Long Island.

This is one of those things - a hurricane strong enough to change the shape of an ocean. The storm sucked the ocean dry near Long Island, Bahamas, as it continues to strengthen and touch ground in Florida.

Angela Fritz, The Washington Post's deputy weather editor, explained that the natural phenomenon is real and can occur during extremely powerful hurricanes.

Hurricane Irma is sucking the water away from shorelines

The force of the mega-storm was so strong it was literally dragging water away from the shoreline in the Bahamas.

Chamberlain livestreamed her experience waiting out Hurricane Irma on September 6 and 7. When a storm has such an intense low pressure, it can impact the surface of the water because there is less atmospheric pressure being applied. "As the storm draws water toward the center, it gets pulled away from the surroundings".

While some are saying that this is a sign that a tsunami is going to happen, there is actually another explanation for the lack of ocean.

If not already there, the water is expected to be back by Sunday afternoon.

Hurricane Irma has been "pummelling" south Florida and the Caribbean, with winds up to 165mph leaving a trail of destruction in the Atlantic.

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