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Bahamians terrified as Hurricane Irma 'sucks away' miles of ocean

11 September 2017

One Twitter user shared an incredible video of the dry ocean on Saturday afternoon. On the northwest side of the island, it would be blowing the water away from the shoreline.

As of Saturday night, Irma was an "extremely dangerous" Category 3 storm, packing maximum sustained winds of 120 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Bahamians terrified as Hurricane Irma 'sucks away' miles of ocean

"I am in disbelief right now..."

The Washington Post also adds that the jarring disappearance of the ocean could be attributed to hurricane "bulge", referring to the centre of the storm being so low pressure that water is actually drawn upwards. As the storm draws water toward the center, it gets pulled away from the surroundings.

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"As a meteorologist, there are things you learn in textbooks that you may never see in person", she wrote.

He also warned that the water will come back soon - and residents should be cautious, since the water's return may be powerful.

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Video from Long Island in the Bahamas shows a dry shoreline as a result of Hurricane Irma.

Footage from the Hurricane Irma-hit Bahamas freaked out netizens on Saturday as the seawater was completely missing from a bay as far as the eye could see. Wayne Neely, a forecaster with the Bahamas Department of Meteorology, wrote in a post on Facebook that this phenomenon previously occurred during a hurricane affecting Acklins Island in the Bahamas in 1936. The water will return to Long Island, and it probably won't rush back with any great force.

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Bahamians terrified as Hurricane Irma 'sucks away' miles of ocean