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Irma pulls water from Tampa Bay

Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 01:09

Hurricane Irma left parts of the Florida coast dry when the storm's powerful winds blew the water away from shore. Diane Hodges reports.

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This area of mud and sand is Tampa Bay. The water is gone. It was literally pulled out to sea by the powerful forces of Hurricane Irma. After days of hearing state officials warn residents to beware of the hurricane's storm surge... Some are now marveling at what the National Weather Service is calling a "Negative surge". (SOUNDBITE: I've never seen it like this before. I've seen it flood plenty of times, but never this.") All along the southwestern Florida coast from Tampa to Sanibel Island, the storm exposed parts of the sea bed, as it headed toward a second landfall at Marco island. Meteorologists warn that the water can return to shore very quickly. But most seemed confident they can handle whatever Irma brings. (SOUNDBITE: "I think we're prepared for it. Our house is all boarded up and everything.") As they take advantage of the calm before the storm.

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Irma pulls water from Tampa Bay

Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 01:09