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Long Island “Missing Ocean” Baffling

A receding shoreline in Long island over the weekend as a result of the passage of Hurricane Irma this weekend became an international viral sensation.

The Bahama Journal was first made aware of the phenomenon in an interview with the island’s MP Adrian Gibson over the weekend.

However a video of the incident was posted on twitter and was subsequently picked up by the Washington Post.

The website’s resident meteorologist Angela Fritz said she had never seen anything like it in his entire career.

“In Saturday, the wind on Long Island in the Bahamas was blowing from southeast to northwest. So on the northwest side of the island, water was getting pushed away from the shoreline.

“On the Gulf Coast of Florida, winds were out of the east on Sunday, which pushed water west and away from the coast.

“At the same time, some locations may be experiencing the effects of the hurricane “bulge.” In the center of the storm, where the pressure is lowest and the winds are converging, water piles up. Low pressure is basically a sucking mechanism in the sense that it draws the air inward. When the pressure is exceptionally low and the winds are very strong, it can create a bulge of ocean water under the center of the storm.

“In any case, the missing water isn’t the sign of a tsunami. The water returned to Long Island on Saturday. On the Florida Gulf Coast, it will be back after the center of the storm passes north of the location.

Written by Jones Bahamas

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