Hurricane Irma sucks water away from shoreline of the Bahamas

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

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. "As the storm draws water toward the centre, it gets pulled away from the surroundings".

THIS was the weird moment the devastating Hurricane Irma sucked water away from Caribbean beaches in a rare phenomenon. "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.

The storm sucked the ocean dry near Long Island, Bahamas, as it continues to strengthen and touch ground in Florida.

In the center of Irma, the pressure is very low and water is drawn upward in a sucking motion.

As of Friday night, the storm was honing in on Hurricane Irma as a Category Four storm, packing extremely unsafe winds of 150 miles (240 kilometers) per hour.

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The water is due to return to Long Island on Sunday, she added.

Meteorologists caution people not to walk on the dry seabed as it will not be safe to be in the area when the water returns.

More than six million people in Florida, roughly 30 per cent of the population, have been told to evacuate.

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

The eyewall is now lashing the lower Florida Keys as it prepares to continue along the western coast clipping Naples and Fort Myers before it hits Tampa.

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