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. Fred

    Storm will make for a cool episode of Deadliest Catch.

    November 8, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. derty ernie

    Do like my wife and I do in Minnesota, get some computer games, some books, plenty of food in the pantry and just sit back and let it snow. The sun will melt that snow sooner or later, thats what the sun is for.
    Oh, I forgot to mention were retired and don't have to go anywhere. LOL

    November 8, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • biggal195

      You also forgot that the sun doesn't shine in the arctic from Nov. to Jan.

      November 8, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ben

      I blame Global Warming for all this bad winter weather

      November 8, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • pplr1

      Ben you may be right to.

      Global Warming doesn't mean winter goes away (at least not just yet). It also means weather-even in winter-is more likely to be strange and/or harsh.

      November 8, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. oooooooya

    does that nation of alaska allow skiing?

    November 8, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dennis

    My God, how many people live in the area that will be affected – perhaps a few thousand Native Alaskans, who no doubt have been through worse than this. A total non story unless the Weather Channel shows up and straps Jim Cantori to a totem polel!

    November 8, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • oooooooya


      November 8, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bosco Warden

      Gee Dennis, youre powers of observation are lacking, did you see the "worst ever"in the story, that means they have never been through this ever, FYI dummy. I have friends in the area, then you want to post what a moron you are to be cute. can you post a picture with you and your helmet? thanks.

      November 8, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • authorsnote

      What an ignorant fool. Do you have any idea how many people LIVE along the coastline in Alaska? The biggest population centers are on the coast. Its second source of income is fishing. My daughter just happens to be working on a science vessel in Cook Inlet right now. And your comments are both insensitive and downright stupid.

      November 8, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • JC

      Or maybe have him stick his tongue to it like the kid in Christmas Story.

      November 8, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • shawn

      Dennis there are at least 5000 of us that live in the oil fields alone

      November 8, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dad

    I'll bet Sig on the Northwestern will ride it out for more TV drama

    November 8, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ghostsouls

    Global Warming!!!!!! OMG!!!!! Why isn't Al Gore Reporting this story??? LOL No matter what the weather or weather event, it's gloabal warming. I live where we mostly have tornadoes and for teh past 4 days we have been having earthquakes, one was the largest in the state's history. I am sure the Gorians (Al Gore disciples) are running around like chicken little now, haha

    November 8, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Catherine

      You should know, then, that it's not "global warming," it's "climate change."

      November 8, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • pplr1

      Last I checked (barring Earthquakes which usually relate to how things work under rather than above the ground) global warming makes harsh and strange weather more likely, ____ may have happened before but it is more likely to happen now. Plus last decade was hotter than the decade before which was hotter than the decade before that.

      So it doesn't look like people concerned about Global Warming (of which Gore is only one and not one of the leading scientists) are wrong to be.

      November 8, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. doc

    a 946 mm Low is one heck of a storm, lower than most cat 3 or 4 hurricanes in the gulf

    November 8, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • ks

      EXACTLY!! we have storms here that will drawf a cat 3 or 4. Never a word. It is not nice here right now-all my friends and neighbors stay safe.

      November 8, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike H

      Cat3-4? Please! when have you had a storm with 135mph winds and 28ft storm surge? Hurricane Katrina, Waveland MS. 2005, Total Destruction..............

      November 8, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Carm

    Poor Sarah Palin, she won't be able to see Russia, from her house!!

    November 8, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • tomcat

      that was Tina Fay you dope

      November 8, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cynthia O.

      Actually Tomcat, that was Tina Fey making fun of the idiotic thing Sarah Palin Said.

      November 8, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • GoldenRudy

      And Pres Obama thought Alaska was one of our 57 states! And he went to Harvard, don't you know. (At least he says he did. No attendance record released to date.)

      November 8, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • powerball

      Carm, put down the Kool-Aid, pick up a dictionary and look up METAPHOR.

      November 8, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • jthebear

      So what is the confusion? Won't Sarah Palin still be able to see Tina Fey from her house?

      November 8, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. authorsnote

    To All My Good Friends in Homer, AK. Stay safe and warm. To My Daughter working aboard the Westward Wind in the Cook Inlet, get into port and head home. To the Rest of this Non-Caring, Ridiculous group of Posters who think this is either a political joke or a non-story, get a life. You're morons.

    November 8, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • easy

      very well said I agree 100% hope your daughter gets home safe and sound.

      November 8, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. easy

    I love America! Talking about a storm and one's started on here with Palin the category 4 of the moment. I hope no lives are lost and Alaska endures the mess coming.

    November 8, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. JohnnyBKK

    Nope. No climate change going on anywhere. It's all a figment of your imagination dreamed up by those kooky scientists.

    November 8, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • jthebear

      You're melting my heart.

      November 8, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. C. Dawn

    My husband is up there right now driving a 108 ft boat. And I'm not really sure why this article made a big deal about this, it is VERY common up there. I emailed him as soon as I saw this and he said, relax, it's no big deal. It was way worse a week ago. Go to the NOAA website, they have good info. Don't get me wrong, 35' waves and 65mph wind is nothing to sneeze at. Quit blaming global warming. Blame HAARP instead!

    November 8, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mornin Joe

    Buckle Down and be safe ... God's speed to my friends in Alaska.

    November 8, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Billie

    Having lived in Anchorage for 15 years, I can state that the comment above that the sun doesn't shine from Nov. to Jan. is a fallacy. One who doesn't know such things should not put forth comments such as this. Secondly, snow and hurricane force winds are not new to Alaskans, although this sounds like a doosie storm.

    November 8, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  15. gramps

    You people don't know what storms are. Why when I was your age...........

    November 8, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • jthebear

      🙂 okay so gramps, what were we talking about?

      November 8, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
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