"I am in disbelief right now.This is Long Island, Bahamas and the ocean water is missing!" The storm sucked the ocean dry near Long Island, Bahamas, as it continues to strengthen and touch ground in Florida.
Hurricane Irma is so powerful that it is literally pulling the water in the ocean toward it and exposing the ocean bottom as far as the eye can see in some places.
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.
The eerie scene was shared over 50,000 times in one day and it spooked web users, many of whom suggested it resembled the sucking away of water before a tsunami. On the northwest side of the island, it would be blowing the water away from the shoreline.
But, the water is still expected to come back with the storm surge.
"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", meteorologist Angela Fritz wrote in The Washington Post.
It also may be experiencing the effects of what I call the hurricane "bulge". She also said the water will most likely return without any great force sometime Sunday afternoon.
The eyewall is now lashing the lower Florida Keys as it prepares to continue along the western coast clipping Naples and Fort Myers before it hits Tampa.