Irma: Hurricane sucks sea from Florida beach in second instance of rare phenomenon within 24 hours

Category 5 storm has also done the same in the Bahamas 

Monday 11 September 2017 09:22
Hurricane Irma is sucking water off the coastline of beaches in Florida and the Bahamas

Video footage has shown how Hurricane Irma has sucked water from the Florida coastline, in what is the second instance of the rare phenomenon within 24 hours.

The category 5 storm has already ripped through the Caribbean Islands before it reached Florida and has killed at least 24 people and left beaches bare along the coastline of the Bahamas.

This rare phenomenon is caused by a strong hurricane and resulting low pressure, which sucks water into the core of the storm.

For a few hours or even days, it is possible for a storm to change the shape of an ocean.

Despites concerns, experts have said the water is likely to return slowly amid fears it could rush back as a tsunami.

A video of the coast line in Tampa Bay was posted on Twitter and shows the water being sucked out.

Previously the hurricane had sucked water from the Bahamas shoreline, much to the disbelief of locals.

“I am in disbelief right now... This is Long Island, Bahamas and the ocean water is missing!!!” one Twitter user said.

A two minute video of the incident has been retweeted and commented on more than 100,000 times.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies


Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in