Hurricane Irma sucks water away from shorelines

Hurricane Irma sucks water away from shorelines

Hurricane Irma is creating such a stir that it is pulling water from the shorelines of some of the areas caught in the hurricane's crosshairs. Another Twitter user tweeted a photo of the exposed beach at a different beach in the Bahamas and showed it was back to normal within less than a day.

"I am in disbelief right now..."

Washington Post meteorologist Angela Fritz sums it up thus: "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".

The water around Acklins Island seemingly disappeared in 1936, said Wayne Neely, a forecaster at the Department of Meteorology in Nassau.

The wind on Long Island in the Bahamas moved from the southeast to the northwest Saturday afternoon, which is causing the water to blow away from the shoreline.

"Hurricane Irma produced extraordinarily low air pressure (27.0 inches) approaching the Leeward Islands, when maximum sustained winds reached 185 mph for a record 37 consecutive hours on September 5-6", he said.

She said: "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". The all clear for the Central and Southeastern Bahamas was issued earlier today.

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

It is expected to make landfall Sunday, hitting the Florida Keys, southwestern Florida and the Tampa Bay area.

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