Massive Storm Moves Closer To Alaska
High Winds And Storm Surge Feared
By Dell Hill
being described by weather experts an an “Epic Storm”. A massive low
pressure system is moving toward Alaska and the weather experts are
extremely concerned about what affects it will have, as well as what
path it will take over the course of the next week. Let’s go straight
to Fox News for an update.
Photo - November 9, 2011: This image provided by the NOAA-19
satellite's AVHRR sensor, shows the storm bearing down on Alaska in this
Alaska – High winds and surging waves pummeled Alaska's western coast
Wednesday, churning the Bering Sea and forcing residents of Nome and
isolated native villages to seek higher ground inland.
do have some reports of buildings losing roofs in the Nome area," said
meteorologist Scott Berg at the National Weather Service in Fairbanks.
"Also water at the base of buildings in Nome."
Communications officer Zane Brown says the height of snow and
hurricane-force winds hit at about 2 a.m. He says the city continues to
prepare for a possible Bering Sea surge at high tide later in the
morning, but so far damage is minimal.
says a voluntary evacuation moved residents from beachfront businesses
and homes to shelters at a community center and a church.
section chief Mark Roberts of the state emergency operations center
tells KTUU-TV that west coast communities were reporting isolated power
and communications interruptions.
But he says it's too early for a complete picture of damage.
last time forecasters saw something similar was in November 1974, when
Nome also took the brunt of the storm. That sea surge measured more than
13 feet, pushing beach driftwood above the level of the previous storm
of its type in 1913.
Officials are concerned for Alaska Natives in the 18 villages in the region.
village of Point Hope, which sits on the tip of a peninsula with the
Arctic Ocean on one side and the Bering Sea on the other, is seven to
eight feet above sea level, said Mayor Steve Oomittuk.
Inupiat Eskimo village of about 700 people has no sea wall and no
evacuation road. If evacuation becomes necessary, everyone will go to
the school because it sits on higher ground and is big enough to
accommodate everyone, he said.
communities that are vulnerable to storm erosion were of particular
concern, especially the village of Kivalina, already one of the state's
most threatened communities because of erosion.”