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Part of Mobile Bay dry along Causeway

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Part of Mobile Bay was dry Monday afternoon, partly because of strong winds. Photo: FOX10 News Reporter Alexa Knowles. Part of Mobile Bay was dry Monday afternoon, partly because of strong winds. Photo: FOX10 News Reporter Alexa Knowles.
MOBILE, AL (WALA) -

With Irma staying well to our east, Mobile is still feeling some effects of the storm, and one is catching people by surprise. Low tide and strong winds left one part of Mobile Bay empty, almost like someone drained the water out.

Our FOX10 News drone got a birds eye view of the phenomenon.

At a spot where people usually stop to fish along the Causeway, people were lining up, taking pictures of the empty part of Mobile Bay near Battleship Park, and they were pretty amazed.   

Other than the wind, it's another sign of Hurricane Irma. Instead of fish, there were footprints at the bottom of Mobile Bay Monday, as some curious people decided to walk out on the mucky sand that's usually covered with water.

Ashley McConnell drove across the bay to see it for herself. She didn't believe it at first. 

"I've never seen anything like this living on the Gulf Coast for 26 years now," says McConnell. "It's awesome, it's different, it's something to definitely to take a look at and enjoy it while it's happening, because you don't know what's going to happen after this whenever it comes back."

We're told everything should be back to normal around lunch time Tuesday. Chief Meteorologist Jason Smith explains why this happened:  

"When you think of tropical systems, especially hurricanes, one of the main threats can be storm surge. Irma brought us the exact opposite. We saw extreme below normal tides in Mobile Bay. The drone footage shows the vast mud flats south of the Causeway. Places like crabbers ditch and the Tensaw Bar were totally exposed. Tides were well below normal. The system made landfall keeping a strong north wind over our area. This pushed the water out of Mobile Bay and also along the beaches. The gauge at the coast guard base shows the levels were two and a half feet below normal."

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