‘The ocean is missing’: Irma is so strong it’s sucking the water away from the shore for miles

Much has been said about the strength and size of Hurricane Irma — which was at one point, showing the strongest readings ever recorded for a storm out of the Atlantic and one of the strongest in the world since the data has been tracked — but new footage from the Bahamas shows just how intense the storm is.

Irma struck the Bahamas and other Caribbean islands Friday as it made its way towards Florida, and at one point it was the size of France. Entire villages on the island of Barbuda were leveled and many across the Caribbean plan to be without power for days or longer.

Afterwards, as the storm again gathered strength, Irma began to draw seawater away from the shorelines of the Bahamas towards its core. And based on what Twitter users at Long Beach in the Bahamas can see, there is no ocean in sight from the beach.