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Bahamas' beaches left bone dry after Hurricane Irma sucks up the water

11 September 2017

One Twitter user shared an incredible video of the dry ocean on Saturday afternoon. Footage of a dry Bahamas shoreline hit the internet shortly after Irma swept through the Caribbean Islands.

As of Saturday night, Irma was an "extremely dangerous" Category 3 storm, packing maximum sustained winds of 120 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center.

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

Angela Fritz, deputy weather editor of the Washington Post noted that extremely powerful hurricanes, such as Irma can change the shape of the ocean for a period of time.

A Twitter user posted a video Saturday afternoon showing what appears to be a dried out shoreline somewhere in the Bahamas.

"As a meteorologist, there are things you learn in textbooks that you may never see in person", she wrote.

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It's hard to believe that a storm would be so strong that it could remove the water surrounding an island, but the phenomenon is true.

The water did go back to Long island in the Bahamas eventually.

"As the wind on Long Island was blowing in the northwesterly direction, on that side of the island it would be blowing water away from the shore, added Ms Fritz".

According to meteorologists, low tides and distant storm surge are also contributing to the phenomenon.

The water in Long Island receded back so far, it exposed shells, buoys and even an anchor.

So far the storm has killed at least 20 people and is due to hit Florida's mainland on Sunday morning and then move up its west coast.

Bahamas' beaches left bone dry after Hurricane Irma sucks up the water