Bahamas' beaches left bone dry after Hurricane Irma sucks up the water

Hurricane Irma is creating such a stir that it is pulling water from the shorelines of some of the areas caught in the hurricane's crosshairs.

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

The video, posted by user @Kaydi_K, shows the ocean around the Bahamian island of Long Island literally gone - so gone that the user walked on the ocean floor.

More than six million people in Florida, roughly 30 per cent of the population, have been told to evacuate. "As the storm draws water toward the center, it gets pulled away from the surroundings".

The storm passed through the southeast islands including Mayagua, Inagua, Crooked Island Acklins, Long Cay and Ragged Islands, on Thursday and Friday.

Kaydi K wrote: "I am in disbelief right now".

Angela Fritz, a meteorologist and science editor at The Washington Post, wrote in a blog post that she has hear about this sucking phenomenon in the past but has never before witnessed it. You know they happen theoretically, but the chances of seeing the most extraordinary weather phenomena are slim to none.

Cuba was hit on Saturday with winds of up to 160mph, the first time the island had suffered such a strong hurricane since 1924.

He said: "Care must be taken in this case because the water often returns with even greater fury".

Luckily for the locals, the water did not come gushing in all at once, with Adrian later tweeting that the sea "came back".

Irma is due to make landfall in the Florida Keys this weekend and then move north up the coast.

  • Rogelio Becker