Alaska faces one of its worst storms ever, forecasters say
The National Weather Service forecast map for Alaska on Tuesday.
November 8th, 2011
05:57 AM ET

Alaska faces one of its worst storms ever, forecasters say

Alaska is facing a life threatening winter storm with near hurricane force winds, more than a foot of snow and severe coastal flooding, the National Weather Service says.

"This is an extremely dangerous and life-threatening storm which will be one of the worst on record over the Bering Sea and the west coast," NWS forecasters said in a bulletin Monday afternoon.

The storm was about 600 miles southwest of Shemya in the far western Aleutian Islands on Monday afternoon and was expected to move over the Bering Sea toward Alaska's west coast on Tuesday.

Winds near hurricane force of 74 mph were expected to generate seas as high as 25 feet in the northern Bering Sea, forecasters said. The winds were expected to raise sea levels as much as 9 feet in the Norton Sound. Those levels combined with the high waves were expected to cause significant coastal erosion and major flooding. The winds may also push sea ice on shore, adding to the dangers, NWS forecasters said.

Alaska's west coast could also see as much as 14 inches of snow in blizzard conditions, forecasters said. The storm was expected to last into Wednesday.

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  1. Raygunz

    there you go again, blaming that LIBERAL OMG horrors media.

    November 8, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Rich

    You people are a serous bunch of jerks!!!!! I would use stronger language but it would get bounced. I lived up there for twenty years I have friends anf family in Alaska and I am SERIOULY OFFENDED at your additudes!

    What would you say if I hoped a hurricane would come wash all your east coast into the atlantic and take your families out to sea? Or be dissapointed if a magnatude 8 earthquake didn't kill EVERYBODY in Los Angeles?

    You disgust me!

    November 8, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wilcu

      Mad Rich! waaaa!!! Crybaby!

      November 8, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • bones

      Put down the coffee and simmer down buddy. Or learn to spell.

      November 8, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • LibsGaysJihadisRTheDemsTrifecta

      You talk about LA being wiped out by an earthquake like it's a bad thing!

      November 8, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bunny

      Now you know how we in California feel. It's mob mentality and generalizations.

      November 8, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scotty Toph

      Rich, Don't be offended. These "comment trolls" are everywhere. No heart, and truly cowards. They are most likely responding from their laptops at an "Occupy" whatever protest. It's boring, so they have nothing better to do.
      God be with your family up north...

      November 8, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. TheMovieFan

    I don't want my tax dollars wasted on cleaning up the aftermath of this storm. Alaska already gets far more than its fair share of federal tax dollars.

    November 8, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amber Hays

      Totally agree. Let's not help people in life threatening situations...

      People like you are what's wrong with the world today.

      November 8, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Karen

      That is just rude. Alaska generates it's own revenue via oil industry and a lot of that gets paid back to the Feds. Geez, what a lot of cold hearted SOBs. Wouldn't be saying that is it was in their home town. Now to mention it might be 3 feet of snow in CT, but it's not near zero temps at night, not ice cold winds coming off the Bering Sea, etc. Why would it be ok to let people freeze to death in Alaska? They are part of our country, you idiots.

      November 8, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. frostydasnowman

    A foot of snow in Alaska ? wow say it aint so? didn't Massachusetts and parts of Connecticut just receive 3 feet of snow? and i hear most survived! i think Alaskans are a tough lot and they'll do fine!

    November 8, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alaska

      Wind, icy roads and drifts are VERY dangerous, pretty much everything in our town is closed.
      All buildings along the seawall are in danger, last time we had a bout of wind there were logs, rocks and other stuff strewn across the roads and damaging the houses, so yes, it is VERY dangerous. They are evacuating buildings along there. And it's supposed to be worse then from a few years ago, which is VERY worrisome.
      Please don't demean Alaskans being prepared for life threatening events when you have NO idea what you're talking about.

      November 8, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. schoendog

    Must be the result of Global Warming! I hope Sarah stays safe....she's HOT!

    November 8, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scarf

      She's hot like a stolen TV.

      November 8, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hollywood Hick

      Ha! Like.

      November 8, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joe American

    Alaska is a giant rip off-EVERYONE up there gets lots of free government cash–do you really think Eskimos in a town of 120 can afford to fly around the state and own snowmobiles?

    November 8, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alaskagal


      You ignorance is showing, Alaskan's get our PFD (Permanent Fund Distribution) due to savey Goveners that invested the royalties from selling ALASKAN oil, then distributing the a portion of the profits to all Alaskan residents.

      If you are going to make a statement please make sure your information is somewhat correct.

      November 8, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ScottHB

    Winter begins 12/22, making this a Fall storm, not a Winter storm. This little tidbit actually makes this boring story ("It's cold in Alaska") slightly more interesting. Journalism is dead.

    November 8, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mimi

    Of course a story about a severe storm would end up being about politics.

    November 8, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Snowbird

    Nobody said the west coast was going to disappear or that Alaska was in danger of becoming an ice floe. Relax Rich, Frosty is right, they will do just fine.

    November 8, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Alaska

    I'm a teenager from the coast, I've lived here for all 15 years of my life.You guys (adults no less) sound no better then us. We get PFD's because the cost of living here is so high, gallons of milk here are $6 a gallon. Please act your age guys.
    On the subject of Sarah Palin, most of us Alaskans reject her as an Alaskan, and shes plenty safe, tucked away in Wasilla which is just a short drive from AK's biggest town, Anchorage.
    up to 14 inches of snow DEPOSITED, not counting the snow we have on the ground already which will be blown everywhere and already is, causing dangerous drifts. I know people from various villages, who don't have much money and are all worried about how this storm will effect their lives, especially the people from Gambell. We may be tough, be we need to be careful and spread the word so towns aren't putting together search parties and such. Before you criticize Alaska, please check your facts. Not everyone is loaded like Sarah Palin and had 6 fourwheelers, a couple boats, several tents and such. And up here Alaskans call them snowmachines.
    You guys need to grow up.

    November 8, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kate

      Seriously don't believe that most Alaskans "reject" Sarah Palin. Everyone was pretty protective of her when we were jup there visiting and spoke very respectivelyl of her. You should be proud of her. She put your state on the map and has brought it much more tourism and money that you all need up there. I hope she runs for president one day.

      November 8, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alaska

      MOST Alaskans reject her. There are a few that love her. Sure, she may have advertised AK a lot, but she didn't represent us very well, at all. I'm sure shes never flown to Anchorage, an hour and a half flight, a 200 dollar ticket each way, to buy groceries and stock up for the seasons, which most rural Alaskans have done. No one has a huge bus with couches, and several boats and such. Real Alaskans have fun by loading three people up on a one-person cheap snowmachine and going hunting, or going iceberg hopping, or skiing or jumping into drifts, or biking around town. I don't know a single person who owns a trailer and can go just drive somewhere.

      November 8, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Patriot

    Hey @Alaskaorbust – sorry to burst your fantasy about not needing us here in the lower 48 but click on the link.
    I wish my state gave me a dividend check every year. I get to pay a boatload in taxes even thought we have a republican governor.

    The US Census came out with its annual report, the “Consolidated Federal Funds Report for Fiscal Year 2009: State and Country Areas” on how much the federal government spends on the 307,006,550 citizens who lived in America at the end of 2009. The state that received the most money per person was Alaska– $20,351

    Read more: The States Where America Spends The Most (And The Least) Per Person – 24/7 Wall St.

    November 8, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. gjalaska

    while most of us welcome the snow up here in Alaska, what we're really worried about are the storm surges. Most coastal villages are at sea level, so a storm surge of 9 to 10 feet will result in extensive damage. Flooded homes compounded with freezing temperatures can be devastating for the coastal regions.

    November 8, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Htos1

    It's caused by global warming!

    November 8, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Kate

    I wish I were up there for the storm. I love your state, Alaskans. You have a wonderful place to live. Being poor up there, you are still rich in resources and absolutely beautiful scenery. I could live there if my grandchildren would move with me.

    November 8, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
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