Hurricane Effect: Large Part of Ocean Goes Missing

Crews from Kelowna the South Okanagan and the Kootenays left from the Kelowna airport on Saturday to join counterparts from across Canada to help restore power to the Turks and Caicos in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. From left Jesse Mike Conor Aar

An eerie video posted on Twitter by resident Kaydi_K shows a completely deserted Long Island beach missing several feet of water. On the northwest side of the island, it would be blowing the water away from the shoreline.

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.

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

But not many people could predict what the storm did to the ocean surrounding a few small Bahamian islands.

"Low pressure is basically a sucking mechanism - it sucks the air into it, and when it's really low, it can change the shape of the surface of the ocean", explains the Post's Angela Fritz.

This is being marked as one of the most extraordinary weather phenomena's in history. As the storm draws water toward the center, it gets pulled away from the surroundings.




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

Footage from the Irma-hit Bahamas freaked out social media users on Saturday as it emerged that seawater was missing from a bay as far as the eye could see.

Although the Tsunami Information Center warns receding waters are typically a precursor to a tsunami, the Washington Post reports that is not the case in this instance.

If not already there, the water is expected to be back by Sunday afternoon.

Irma is due to make landfall in the Florida Keys this weekend and then move north up the coast.

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