Wednesday, November 9, 2011

A Powerful storm heading toward coastal Alaska

Alaska residents braced with an unusual western Bering Sea, to the coast, packing winds of hurricanes and storm waves churn.

Neil said Murakami in Anchorage, the National Weather Service forecast storm lashing parts of the wind speed over 80 mph Tuesday night's coastline. Small coastal communities, especially wind and flood damage caused by the expected risk.

Sharp rise in sea level caused by the storm, more than 3 feet of high tide, the National Weather Service meteorologist in Fairbanks Sidifenke Tierney said. Officials said, is expected to rise 7 feet of water overnight. Reports of serious flooding is expected on Wednesday morning, Kearney said.

Kearney said late Tuesday night, the storm had reached Nome, brought 60 miles of wind and snow, visibility dropped to just a quarter mile. Noam sounded to busy phone lines Tuesday night.

Earlier in the day, the state emergency management officials said the storm's path led some residents have an emergency shelter.

Noam Brevig Mission 70 miles north of the village, AnnMarie Rudstrom teachers have planned from their home, her family to higher ground and marine lagoon separating the village spit.

Marine Day (Tuesday) afternoon loss of shades of gray.

"This is a very ominous-looking waves and growing," Rudstrom said.

State officials warned that hurt the way, home heating fuel tanks to ensure that the case of submerged into the neighborhoods. Osinsky Jeff said, the regional early warning weather service coordinator, to make communities more vulnerable than in the past few years is the lack of shore fast sea ice. "The existence of sea ice, and sometimes can take action to protect coastal areas," he said.

Waves begin to recover later this morning, Scott Johnson, 28, Norm banker said, prompting some people to evacuate to inland with friends or family circumstances forecast to remain a big surge of the waves proved to be true.

"The waves began to go against our seawall, he said:" From his second floor apartment located in the ocean.

Johnson said he and his wife into the car bags of gas, so he was ready to go.

"If a 30-foot waves, one, they may harbor and B, they may go to my apartment," he said.

Some businesses close early.

, "Johnson said:" The general view here is that we get a storm fairly regularly. "We shrugged it off, but the National Weather Service tried to sound the alarm and 30-foot seas, which is a rare storm, take it seriously, I think they are taking a serious grain of salt."

Greater concern to Alaska Natives in the region of 18 villages.

"They will impact less infrastructure than we do," Johnson said.

Storm is expected to generate at least 10 feet of surge, forcing the emergency preparedness of many coastal communities.

Windows were boarded up Tuesday morning at the Polar cafe, a popular restaurant facing the ocean Nome.

Andre Surina waitress said the project has been in the basement to upstairs, one in the hotel rooms. Plan is a safer place moving propane tanks, she said.

However, the upcoming storm, keep regulars away. They sat in their usual table, talking about the storm, she said.

"This is our title," Surina said. "No one missed a good storm."

See a similar prediction last time was in November 1974, when Norm also took part in the turmoil. This peak, measured over 13 feet or more, the type of storm in 1913, before the level, to promote the beach driftwood.

Expected from the current turmoil is Norton's voice pushed to a lot of water, raise sea levels 10 feet above normal (Wednesday). Forecast that this will lead to coastal erosion and flooding may push the Norton Bay ice on land, in particular, is the lack of sea ice.

Ted Fathauer, the National Weather Service in Fairbanks lead to forecasts that some low-lying areas and roads, running along the beach of Nome may encounter flooding.

Point Hope Village, which is located on a peninsula, the Arctic Ocean and Bering Sea tips and party on the other 7-8 feet above sea level, said Mayor Steve Oomittuk.

Inupiat Eskimo village of about 700 people have evacuated the sea wall and there is no road. He said that if evacuation becomes necessary, each person will go to school, because it is located in the higher ground, large enough to accommodate everyone.

Smaller communities, are vulnerable to storm erosion of particular concern, especially in Kivalina village, has been most threatened countries, one of the communities because of erosion.


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