Hurricane Irma pulls ocean away from Bahamas shore

Dramatic image shows where Hurricane Irma may be headed

"I am in disbelief right now..."

Kelly Johnson, posted a video on Facebook on Facebook of the beach in Long Island, Bahamas.

Pictures and video of the weather phenomenon having been posted on social media and show beaches that would usually have several feet of water completely dry.

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But not many people could predict what the storm did to the ocean surrounding a few small Bahamian islands. "That's as far as they see #HurricaneIrma wtf", the user wrote.

The eerie scene was shared over 50,000 times in one day and it spooked web users, many of whom suggested it resembled the sucking away of water before a tsunami. Footage of a dry Bahamas shoreline hit the internet shortly after Irma swept through the Caribbean Islands.

Hurricane Irma, now a category 4, is so powerful, it is pulling water away from shores.

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If not already there, the water is expected to be back by Sunday afternoon.

Angela Fritz, The Washington Post's deputy weather editor, explained that the natural phenomenon is real and can occur during extremely powerful hurricanes.

Basically, in the case of Irma, the power and the pressure have combined in such a way that the "bulge" effect is sucking the Atlantic ocean into its vortex. As the storm draws water toward the center, it gets pulled away from the surroundings.

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Fritz reassures readers that the water will return, and not in any unsafe fashion, stating that the storm is not a "tsunami" and by Sunday afternoon or so, the ocean should be back to normal.

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