Gusts of 70-miles-per-hour tore through Sarasota when Hurricane Irma hit. That storm system was so strong it caused the water to *disappear* in Sarasota Bay and further up the coast in Tampa Bay.
For Floridians used to living along the coasts, Irma provided an unusual site Sunday - a dry shoreline. Waterways receded as the storm picked up steam.
The force of the approaching hurricane is so strong that despite all this ocean spray, it's actually sucked a lot of water out of Sarasota Bay. The tide was so low, two manatees became stranded in the beach sludge and had to be rescued.
It was a similar picture across the region, thanks to a mix of Irma’s fierce counter-clockwise winds and low atmospheric pressure.
In Tampa Bay, authorities warned about the dangers of venturing out onto the sea floor, since the water could return at any moment.