Hurricane Irma Sucks Water Out of Pensacola Bay, Florida

– September 12, 2017

Florida’s Pensacola Bay was turned into a “giant sandbox” by Hurricane Irma over the weekend.

Irma sucked the water out of the bay, turning it into a morass of mud and puddles. One news outlet, the Pensacola News Journal, remarked that it looked like a “giant sandbox.”

A woman captured a video of the phenomenon.

“The water is gone,” the woman says in the clip. “There are people out … people have metal detectors. People are walking in the mud,” she said.

It was nowhere near where Irma came into Florida. The storm hit the Florida Keys on Sunday morning, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. Pensacola Bay is located on the far western end of the Florida Panhandle in the north—near the Alabama border.

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