Hurricane Irma pulls ocean away from Bahamas shore

Image courtesy of Jason Beisel WCMH

Image courtesy of Jason Beisel WCMH

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. On the northwest side of the island, it would be blowing the water away from the shoreline.

Hurricane Irma has strengthened into a Category 4 storm as its eye hits the Florida Keys.

"I am in disbelief right now..." she wrote.

The force of Hurricane Irma is so strong it has sucked all sign of water away from beaches in the Bahamas as it heads towards the United States mainland.

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

The storm is so powerful that it has literally absorbed ocean water into its core enough that it dried out the ocean surrounding the Bahamas.

Angela Fritz, a meteorologist and science editor at The Washington Post, wrote in a blog post that she has hear about this sucking phenomenon in the past but has never before witnessed it. Wayne Neely, a forecaster with the Bahamas' Department of Meteorology, warned that people should stay clear of the areas where water has receded because the ocean will come back at higher levels and with great ferocity.

In any case, this isn't the sign of a tsunami.

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.

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