Hurricane Irma is literally sucking the water away from shorelines
As a meteorologist, there are things you learn in textbooks that you may never see in person. You know they happen theoretically, but the chances of seeing the most extraordinary weather phenomena are slim to none.
This is one of those things - a hurricane strong enough to change the shape of an ocean.
Twitter user @Kaydi_K shared this video Saturday afternoon, and I knew right away that even though it looked as though it couldn't be possible, it was absolutely legit.
"I am in disbelief right now..." she wrote. "This is Long Island, Bahamas and the ocean water is missing!!!"
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.
The wind on Long Island in the Bahamas is from the southeast to the northwest on Saturday. On the northwest side of the island, it would be blowing the water away from the shoreline.