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Irma Makes The Ocean Disappear From Florida And Bahamas Beaches And It’s Terrifying
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Irma Makes The Ocean Disappear From Florida And Bahamas Beaches And It’s Terrifying

Last week, Hurricane Irma shocked the world by decimating the island nations of the Caribbean. Now that the powerful storm has made landfall in the US and the Bahamas, a terrifying rare phenomenon is occurring that has left residents in absolute disbelief – and it could be the sign of something much worse to come.

Tropical force winds have already left more than 2.6 million homes without power, but those winds have started blowing toward the center of the storm, and have consequentially drawn the waters of beaches in both Florida and the Bahamas away from their shores. According to Washington Post weather editor Angela Fritz, Irma’s low pressure is the cause, which acts as 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.” The sight is definitely bizarre, but it’s also worrying. When a shoreline recedes enough to reveal the ocean floor, it’s often a sign that the water will rush back rapidly with destructive momentum.

The environmental impact of Irma is already being felt by Floridians, both human and animal alike. Two manatees had to be rescued yesterday after the low tide left them stuck in mud and unable to return to the ocean. Follow the entire story below, and find out how you can help here.

Hurricane Irma has reached Florida and the Bahamas, and a rare phenomenon is taking place in both places

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Beaches have become ‘dry’ as tropical winds have pulled their ocean tides far away from the shore

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This is due to the storm’s low pressure, which acts as a “sucking mechanism” according to weather specialists

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Two of Florida’s marine residents recently felt the already-worrying environmental impacts of Irma

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One Bahamian forecaster took to Facebook to explain the bizarre sight in greater detail

If you still can’t believe it, see it for yourself on video below:

If you are in an area currently affected by Hurricane Irma, please follow the guidance of all relevant authorities. Find out how you can help the victims here.

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John L
Community Member
5 years ago

Saving those two Manatee was a wonderful act of kindness, and helped preserve their dwindling numbers. This alone should be a major story, all on its own.

EmptySoul
Community Member
5 years ago

No matter how big the tragedy is, its amazing to see, that good people will always come out and help others, be it other humans or animals. No doubt they have their own sorrows to cope with, but still they are their to say "we are here, don't worry." Awesome.

Zori the degu
Community Member
5 years ago

There's only one good thing about hurricanes: they unite people and heroes are born out of them, heroes like the people you described, who would help whenever someone's in need.

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Zori the degu
Community Member
5 years ago

That's plainly weird. I've never seen anything like that before. I wonder how long would it take for the ocean to return in the destructive way, described above? Days? Weeks? I do hope scientists would be able to predict it on time because those poor people already went through many awful things in a really short time. By the way, it's awesome that they managed to safe the two manatees because order Sirenia is critically endangered worldwide and every specimen of these unusual sea "mermaids" is priceless.

Tiari
Community Member
5 years ago

Look at footage from the 2004 tsunami. You can find the same effect there, the water was sucked away from he shores, although for different reasons.

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John L
Community Member
5 years ago

Saving those two Manatee was a wonderful act of kindness, and helped preserve their dwindling numbers. This alone should be a major story, all on its own.

EmptySoul
Community Member
5 years ago

No matter how big the tragedy is, its amazing to see, that good people will always come out and help others, be it other humans or animals. No doubt they have their own sorrows to cope with, but still they are their to say "we are here, don't worry." Awesome.

Zori the degu
Community Member
5 years ago

There's only one good thing about hurricanes: they unite people and heroes are born out of them, heroes like the people you described, who would help whenever someone's in need.

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Zori the degu
Community Member
5 years ago

That's plainly weird. I've never seen anything like that before. I wonder how long would it take for the ocean to return in the destructive way, described above? Days? Weeks? I do hope scientists would be able to predict it on time because those poor people already went through many awful things in a really short time. By the way, it's awesome that they managed to safe the two manatees because order Sirenia is critically endangered worldwide and every specimen of these unusual sea "mermaids" is priceless.

Tiari
Community Member
5 years ago

Look at footage from the 2004 tsunami. You can find the same effect there, the water was sucked away from he shores, although for different reasons.

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