Hurricane Irma sucks water from beaches in Bahamas

Rare natural phenomenon captured on camera


Hurricane Irma is so powerful that it has sucked the ocean water from beaches in the Bahamas.

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Twitter user @Piznack shared a video of the bizarre scene on Twitter and wrote: "Y'all my family in the Bahamas said Irma sucked up all the water. There's literally no water. The beach and ocean are gone."

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

The storm is so powerful, it can essentially change the shape of the ocean, Fritz said: "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."

Fritz added: "In the centre of the storm, where there is extreme low pressure, water is drawn upward. 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. As the storm draws water toward the centre, it gets pulled away from the surroundings."

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