The phenomenon was first seen this weekend in the Bahamas, when a resident posted a video on Twitter that depicted a beach with no water. On the northwest side of the island, it would be blowing the water away from the shoreline.
Fritz added: "In the centre of the storm, where there is extreme low pressure, water is drawn upward".
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"As a meteorologist, there are things you learn in textbooks that you may never see in person", she wrote.
Luckily for the locals, the water did not come gushing in all at once, with Adrian later tweeting that the sea "came back".More news: Rafal Majka Wins Stage 14, Chris Froome Maintains Lead
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. Wayne Neely, a forecaster with the Bahamas Department of Meteorology, wrote in a post on Facebook that this phenomenon previously occurred during a hurricane affecting Acklins Island in the Bahamas in 1936.
Although the Tsunami Information Center warns receding waters are typically a precursor to a tsunami, the Washington Post reports that is not the case in this instance.
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The National Hurricane Center predicts a "life-threatening storm surge" will hit the islands of the Florida Keys on Sunday.