Hurrica Ian: Water drains from Tampa Bay, then refills
Tampa, Fla. –
Water was pushed back by strong winds receding from Tampa Bay as Hurricane Ian approached Florida’s Gulf Coast on Wednesday, and some people dared to venture on the exposed bay floor.
Ian eventually made landfall as a major hurricane near Fort Myers, about 100 miles (160 km) south.
Some people have posted on social media photos of themselves and others walking on the exposed sand and silt, despite warnings from local officials to stay. Tampa Bay has a normal vice averaging about 12 feet (4 meters) tall.
The depletion of the bay also occurred in 2017 when Hurricane Irma caused another surge, according to experts.
Because hurricane winds blow counterclockwise, winds at the northern edge of the Ian circular system blew from east to west with such force that they pushed gulf waters into the Gulf of Mexico.
Eventually, water filled the bay.