Published: Mon, September 11, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

Hurricane Irma is literally moving the ocean

Hurricane Irma is literally moving the ocean

In a video posted to Facebook on Saturday, a person is seen jumping off a pier onto what used to be the sandy bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. You know they happen theoretically, but the chances of seeing the most extraordinary weather phenomena are slim to none.

"I am in disbelief right now..."

The Washington Post added that on Saturday, the wind on Long Island in the Bahamas was blowing from southeast to northwest, and therefore, on the north west side of the shoreline, the water was getting blown away from the shoreline.

Twitter user @Kaydi_K, who posted the video, wrote.

It's hard to believe that a storm would be so strong that it could remove the water surrounding an island, but the phenomenon is true.

The storm sucked the ocean dry near Long Island, Bahamas, as it continues to strengthen and touch ground in Florida.

Nassau, Bahamas: The Bahamas had a close call but ultimately escaped the worst of Hurricane Irma's destructive wrath, with no casualties or major infrastructure damages yet reported Friday. "As the storm draws water toward the centre, it gets pulled away from the surroundings". "But in the Long Island and Exuma cases care must be taken in this case because the water often returns with even greater fury", Neely wrote.

The ominous-looking occurrence was in fact caused by a combination of low tide, low pressure and strong winds in the right direction, which literally pushed the water away from the long narrow bay.

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

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