Hurricane Irma is literally sucking the water away from shorelines

Hurricane Irma is literally sucking the water away from shorelines

The Washington Post reports the phenomenon occurred because Hurricane Irma is so strong and its pressure so low that it literally sucked water from its surroundings into the core of the storm.

"I am in disbelief right now..."

A viral video posted to social media on Saturday shows how powerful the category 5 hurricane was when it plowed through the Caribbean.

Basically, in the case of Irma, the power and the pressure have combined in such a way that the "bulge" effect is sucking the Atlantic ocean into its vortex.

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The NHC said the storm is expected to stay off the coast of Mexico through Friday morning, making landfall sometime overnight. This storm is likely to become a hurricane by the end of the week when it will probably threaten northern Mexico.

Irma is sucking water from shorelines and pulling it into the eye of the storm as it charts a path to the Florida coast.

Instead, the Long Island shoreline that was swept away with Hurricane Irma was expected to gradually return to Long Island on Sunday afternoon, without great force.

Twitter user @Kaydi_K shared this video Saturday afternoon, and I knew right away that even though it looked as though it couldn't be possible, it was absolutely legit.

According to WTOL 11 meteorologist Ellyn Fritz, low tides and distant storm surge are also contributing to the phenomenon.

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"As the wind on Long Island was blowing in the northwesterly direction, on that side of the island it would be blowing water away from the shore, added Ms Fritz".

But not many people could predict what the storm did to the ocean surrounding a few small Bahamian islands.

Fritz reassures readers that the water will return, and not in any unsafe fashion, stating that the storm is not a "tsunami" and by Sunday afternoon or so, the ocean should be back to normal.

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