Hurricane Irma drains Tampa Bay area waterways

- Hurricane Irma’s winds are draining the water from Tampa Bay area waterways, creating an eerie pre-storm scene along Bayshore Boulevard and other popular destinations.

FOX 13 chief meteorologist Paul Dellegatto explained that strong east winds from the storm – still 200 miles south-southeast of Tampa as of noon – were pushing water south out of the bays and bayous.

Tampa residents were sharing photos of the muddy bottom of Hillsborough Bay from Bayshore.  Tourists on stormy Anna Maria Island were greeted with dry land almost all the way out to the end of the pier.

The water will rush back in as Irma passes, Paul added.

Live view from FOX 13's Brookdale Bayshore camera: 

<img data-cke-saved-src="http://fox13cams.com/webcams/grandcourt.jpg" src="http://fox13cams.com/webcams/grandcourt.jpg" width=":100%" "="">

Click to enlarge

Up Next:


Up Next

  • Hurricane Irma drains Tampa Bay area waterways
  • In Irma's wake, lawmakers to look at Florida's hurricane readiness
  • Irma insurance claims already near $2-billion
  • Irma's death toll in Florida at 34 -- and rising
  • Florida women collect loads of linemen's laundry
  • Viral 'hot cops' photo puts spotlight on law enforcement
  • Video shows row of uprooted trees in Miami
  • President Trump praises rapid response to Irma in Florida
  • Manager of nursing home where 8 died charged before
  • Irma's girth and path made for a bizarre storm surge