Hurricane Effect: Large Part of Ocean Goes Missing

Hurricane Effect: Large Part of Ocean Goes Missing

Pictures and video of the weather phenomenon having been posted on social media and show beaches that would usually have several feet of water completely dry. Irma's central pressure is so low it acts to pull water toward the center of the storm.

Kaydi K wrote: "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.

Video footage has shown how a record-breaking Atlantic storm sucked water from the Bahamas shoreline.

More than six million people in Florida, roughly 30 per cent of the population, have been told to evacuate.

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"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", she writes. "And they don't know where it went!"

In addition, sustained winds in excess of 130 miles per hour helped to divert the water in the Bahamas.

Some Twitter users expressed concern over this rare occurrence as receding shoreline that exposes the ocean floor is often a sign of approaching Tsunami.

Luckily for the locals, the water did not come gushing in all at once, with Adrian later tweeting that the sea "came back". The water should return by Sunday afternoon without any great force. The Category 4 storm made landfall Sunday morning in Florida, where it is expected to move up the western coast of the state.

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