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Hurricane Irma sucks ocean floor dry before hitting Bahamas, Florida shores: Report

Twitter users posted images and videos of dry ocean floors the phenomenon from Bahamas and Florida.

world Updated: Sep 11, 2017 18:15 IST
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Twitter users posted images and videos of dry ocean floors the phenomenon from Bahamas and Florida.
Twitter users posted images and videos of dry ocean floors the phenomenon from Bahamas and Florida.(Twitter)

What you see in the image posted above is not a playground – it is the ocean floor near Florida’s shoreline hours before Hurricane Irma arrived in the area.

On the Gulf Coast of Florida, winds were out of the east on Sunday, which pushed water west and away from the shore and sucked it into the core of the storm, the Washington Post reported.

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“Low pressure is basically a sucking mechanism in the sense that it draws the air inward. When the pressure is exceptionally low and the winds are very strong, it can create a bulge of ocean water under the centre of the storm,” the report said.

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Twitter users posted images and videos of the phenomenon from Bahamas and Florida.

Another report warned the residents of the areas and asked them not to venture out into the extended beaches, as the water would return. “The wind will shift, and water levels will rise within minutes, the National Hurricane Center warned, flooding the coast with huge waves and 10 to 15 feet of water. According to the Tampa Bay Times, police cleared the beach well before the storm was set to hit,” the report said.