Extraordinary footage from the Bahamas shows the shoreline receded much farther than normal, exposing what is usually the ocean floor.
The Daily Mail reports,
The strange video shows her walking on the exposed ocean floor which is dry and covered in large shells.
Another Twitter user tweeted a photo of the exposed beach at a different beach in the Bahamas and showed it was back to normal within less than a day.
Hurricane Irma, which hit the Bahamas on Friday, is so powerful that it has altered the shape of the ocean in Long Island, but it will likely be back to normal by Sunday afternoon.
Pressure in a hurricane’s center is low and Irma is so strong that it is pulling water into its core, sucking it away from the ocean, according to the Washington Post.
Deputy weather editor and meteorologist Angela Fritz explained that this may be the result of what she calls a hurricane ‘bulge’. In the center of the storm, pressure is very low which draws water upward into itself.
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She also noted the wind was blowing away from the shoreline on Saturday which is why water has not filled the void yet.
Some Twitter users were concerned since receding shoreline that exposes the ocean floor is often a sign a tsunami is approaching. However, Fritz said the water will not rush back rapidly.
The International Tsunami Information Center notes on its website, when the sea drains away to not investigate because this is a typical sign of an incoming tsunami.