Bahamians terrified as Hurricane Irma 'sucks away' miles of ocean

Boats are seen at a marina in Coconut Grove as Hurricane Irma arrives at south Florida in Miami

Most of Irma's power is coming from a confluence of the cell's unusually low pressure and the warm water in the Atlantic - the hurricane's low pressure is sucking water away from the shore.

"I am in disbelief right now.This is Long Island, Bahamas and the ocean water is missing!"

Twitter user @Kaydi_K wrote in a tweet that included a video of a person strolling through what appears to be a shoreline that was once underneath several feet of water. Life-threatening rapid water rise imminent!

Meteorologists are calling it a reverse storm surge where low tides and high winds are pulling the water back.

Hurricane Irma passed through the Bahamas on Friday and struck other Carribean islands late last week. On the northwest side of the island, it would be blowing the water away from the shoreline.

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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.

Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm which ripped through the Caribbean Islands on its way to Florida and has killed at least 24 people, left bare beaches along the coastline of the Bahamas. The water should return by Sunday afternoon without any great force.

Over the weekend more than six million people were ordered to evacuate Florida as the storm moved towards the western coast of the US.

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

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