Hurricane Irma sucks up water from ocean [video]

Tampa Bay before (right) and after Hurricane Irma
Tampa Bay before (right) and after Hurricane Irma

Yesterday we posted the video of water being sucked from around Long Island in the Bahamas. Today, as Irma is plummeting Florida, the same creepy phenomenon is happening again.

The National Weather Service has confirmed that this phenomenon, known as “negative surge,” and “hurricanee bulge,” is also occurring in Naples, Florida, and Tampa Bay

We found these video showing how Irma is indeed sucking up the ocean in Tampa Bay.

Powerful hurricanes such as Irma steal water.

Angela Fritz, deputy weather editor of the Washington Post noted that extremely powerful hurricanes, such as Irma can change the shape of the ocean for a period of time.

“Basically, Hurricane Irma is so strong and its pressure is so low, it’s sucking water from its surroundings into the core of the storm,” Fritz wrote.

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In the center of Irma, the pressure is very low and water is drawn upward in a sucking motion. As the storm gobbles water towards its center, it gets pulled from its surroundings.
Beware, storm surge will return the sea in a deadly blast

As tempting as it may be to get out and play in the empty ocean, it can be very dangerous. Wayne Neely, a forecaster with the Bahamas’ Department of Meteorology, warned that people should stay clear of the areas where water has receded because the ocean will come back at higher levels and with great ferocity.