NOAA has called this storm:
“unusually severe and life-threatening storm”
This massive and potent storm is coming directly off the Bering Sea into Western Alaska this morning, November 9th, 2011. Roofs have already been blown off in some Western Alaska villages such as Nome. Nome has also experienced flooding in town.
Current National Weather Service Warning in Western Alaska:
“This will be (an) extremely dangerous and life-threatening storm of an epic magnitude rarely experienced. All people in the area should take precautions to safeguard their lives and property.”
A major concern is the fact that the sea ice has not frozen fast to the western coast of Alaska yet. Without the sea ice, the strong winds from this storm will be pushing the sea onto the land in storm surges as high as 12-13 feet. Storm surges this hgh could easily flood Western Alaskan villages and threaten many lives. The sea ice in this area doesn’t hold fast to the shore until December.
This is the strongest storm in this part of alaska since 1974. There are 18 Villages that are under fire from this storm, some of which have already been evacuated ahead of the storm.
Alaska Super Storm:
– Storm surge of up to 12-13 feet
– 70 mph sustained winds with 90 mph gusts
– 32 foot seas already with potential to create 40+ foot seas
– Pressures as low as 943 mb in the center of the storm (this is VERY low)
– 18 inches of snow forecasted
Former police chief, Elmer Davis of Shishmaref in Western Alaska, told the Anchorage Daily News:
“I don’t get scared too easy and this sounds like Armageddon.”