Hurricane Irma is literally sucking the water away from shorelines

A video shows the waters sucked away from Long Island in the Bahamas

A video shows the waters sucked away from Long Island in the Bahamas Credit Twitter/#ForeverFlourish

A viral video posted to social media on Saturday shows how powerful the category 5 hurricane was when it plowed through the Caribbean. Footage of a dry Bahamas shoreline hit the internet shortly after Irma swept through the Caribbean Islands.

Meteorologists explain the incredible pressure from Hurricane Irma is pulling the water into the storm's center.

"I am in disbelief right now..." she wrote.

She said: "Low pressure is basically a sucking mechanism - it sucks the air into it, and when it's really low, it can change the shape of the surface of the ocean".

In the video footage shared by a Twitter user from Long Island, Bahamas, a dry ocean bed covered in large shells was clearly seen after Hurricane Irma drained away water on Friday.

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"As the storm draws water toward the centre, it gets pulled away from the surroundings". "And they don't know where it went!"

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.

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

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

The eyewall is now lashing the lower Florida Keys as it prepares to continue along the western coast clipping Naples and Fort Myers before it hits Tampa.

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