“Then Moshe held out his arm over the sea and Hashem drove back the sea with a strong east wind all that night, and turned the sea into dry ground. The waters were split.” Exodus 14:21 (The Israel Bible™)
A strange sight straight out of the Bible suddenly appeared when the powerful winds of Hurricane Irma blew away the parts of the Atlantic Ocean, leaving behind swathes of land dry enough for the Children of Israel to tread upon.
America witnessed the awe-inspiring might of extremes in God’s mastery over nature when two of the most devastating and powerful hurricanes in history hit the southern Atlantic Coast back-to-back in recent weeks. Harvey dumped a record 51.8 inches of rain on Texas, causing massive flooding and damages estimated at over $150 billion. Irma, the most powerful hurricane ever recorded over the Atlantic, displayed an entirely different aspect of God’s might with 190 MPH winds.
When Irma finally made landfall in Florida, it had calmed considerably, but the winds were still strong enough to literally blow the ocean away. In the opposite manner of water-laden Hurricane Harvey, Irma made dry pathways through the ocean in precisely the manner described in Exodus when the Children of Israel were in dire straits on the shore of the Red Sea.
Then Moshe held out his arm over the sea and Hashem drove back the sea with a strong east wind all that night, and turned the sea into dry ground. The waters were split, and the Israelites went into the sea on dry ground. Exodus 14:2
This amazing and rare phenomenon occurred in both the Bahamas and Florida. Areas normally part of the ocean were suddenly dry, leaving boats and sea mammals stranded.
The strange sight was the result of the same forces that flooded Texas, and the same force that divided the Red Sea: powerful winds. Storm surges are created when winds move massive amounts of seawater from one place to the other. In the case of Texas, seawater was moved inland. In the cases of the the Bahamas and Florida, water from shallow areas close to shore was moved out to sea. In addition, the eye of the storm creates a vacuum, sucking water in from the edges of the storm system.