Hurricane Irma pushed water from shoreline into Gulf, water to come back during high tide

TAMPA (WFLA) – Water appears to be disappearing from waterways around Tampa Bay.

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Around noon on Sunday, people started noticing that water levels in Tampa Bay area waterways were receding.

That’s because Hurricane Irma’s winds on Sunday pulled water into the Gulf of Mexico from local waterways.

That water will be pushed back into local waterways during high tide on Monday morning.

“From 3 to 5 a.m. we’ll have high tide and the winds will pull all of that water back onto shore,” said Storm Team 8 meteorologist Leigh Spann.

Spann estimated that water levels could rise 1 to 3 feet higher than normal.

Around noon on Sunday, residents across the Tampa Bay area began sending photos to showing low water levels along rivers and beaches.

Ebbie Mogford was at the south jetty and Higel boat ramp in Venice and noticed water being sucked out to the Gulf.

We also noticed the same phenomenon in the Hillsborough River in downtown Tampa and off of Bayshore Boulevard.




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