FLORIDA — Calling the area “Ground Zero” for Hurricane Irma, Tampa’s mayor Bob Buckhorn warned of a storm surge which could reach 3 to 8 feet.
‘Alert Tampa’ tweeted out a post warning people to stay off of Tampa Bay, which has been emptied of its water. “ALERT: Water surrounding Tampa Bay is very low due to the storm. It is dangerous to be walking out there,” they warned.
Fox News senior meteorologist Janice Dean explained that the hurricane’s fierce winds are responsible for having pushed the water out of the harbor. All that’s left of the bay, which reportedly was full of choppy, white-capped water earlier Sunday morning, is a goopy mix of sludge and puddles.
The craziest part of this scene isn’t the shocking scene of the empty bay, it’s the frightening sight people walking all over the open bay. Some are even using it a dog run, according to a report on Sunday afternoon on KCRA.
Drone footage of the drained bayshore shows the multitudes of people walking far and wide, apparently unaware of the danger that a sudden storm surge or a shift in the wind could send the water rushing back in.
People on social media are marveling at the recklessness some individuals are displaying by wandering around the empty bay.
Let em walk out there…I love seeing natural selection hard at work. #itsevolutionbaby
— Attila The Fun (@attila_thefun) September 10, 2017
Those people don't realize that when the water starts coming back in, it coming in at a very fast rate, and they may get trapped.
— Teresa Hoffman (@TeresaH48628324) September 10, 2017
Where do they think it's gone? Down a big hole, never to return?
— Roger Williams (@rogerw117) September 10, 2017
ALERT: Water surrounding Tampa Bay is very low due to the storm. It is dangerous to be walking out there. pic.twitter.com/yUY0YqyPRA
— Alert Tampa (@AlertTampa) September 10, 2017
— Dylan ™ (@Dylang_1) September 10, 2017
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