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. Jeckyll

    authorsnote, please calm down. Everything will be alright.

    November 8, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Woods44

    My Brother is on Diomede Island helping to re-model a school for the residents. We are concerned for his safety. We are unable to contact him at this time, but trust they have been alerted and are making preparations. Be safe Sean!

    November 8, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • helene

      hows quincy?

      November 9, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. akcoastal

    while sitting here in anchorage, enjoying the sun, i cant stop to worry about my family that live all around the coast of alaska. they are preparing for the worst, and also have evacuation plans. lets all hope for the best and keep them close to your prayers... Quyana.

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

      stay safe, hope its not as bad as they say.beautiful state.

      November 8, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rgby_John

      God speed Brotha'. Be safe.

      November 8, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. carla

    if someone is flying from Hawaii tonight into anchorage, will this storm be a factor?

    November 8, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      It shouldn't be. It will take more of a northerly track and shouldn't impact the Anchorage area that much. In fact Anchorage is absolutely beautiful right now.

      November 8, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • KD

      SOOOOOO beautiful today. Gonna be clear tonight as well so you will be fine. COLD, but beautiful!

      November 8, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Looks like Anchorage will see a ton of snow from this late wednesday evening-thursday morning. Should be fun.

      November 9, 2011 at 2:01 am | Report abuse |
    • chugak

      my wife made it in from hawaii this evening<<
      said not bumpy at all just a nice LONG boring flight

      November 9, 2011 at 4:45 am | Report abuse |
    • helene

      im sure they'll be fine dear...for now

      November 9, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Heidi

    Everyone stay ON TOPIC, we should all be praying for everyone that it may effect!! Everyone should have what they need to go through this, we are Alaskans by the way!! I have friends and family everywhere and hope/pray that it's not as bad as they are making it out to be!! If it is than we will weather the storm!!! Dig your heals in Alaska!!!

    November 8, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Pope

      God made the storm, it's not for you to pray he stops it. It's beyond your understanding as you are not god.

      November 8, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Quick, everybody pray. I hear if we reach 10 000 prayers God calls off any injuries. 100 000 and he cancels the storm.

      November 8, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • interiorAK

      Maybe if the storm can just get 10,000 "dislikes" on facebook God will go easy on Alaska ...and if I were God, I would probably block or unsubscribe this "The Pope" guy for thinking God KILLS anyone or that prayers don't matter.

      November 8, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • helene

      that's right heidi mann, you tell em!
      ill let them know how the trackings going...cheers

      November 9, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nice guy

      I'm assuming by your "hope/pray" reference that you're equating prayer with hope. Good call! Hoping does as much as good as praying and gets the same results!

      November 9, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • evon

      Re: interiorAK – you just made my day! I work in social media and read your response out loud to my colleagues. Hilarious!!

      November 10, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ted

    Why isn’t this on the weather.com website radar?

    November 8, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      The nearest radars are at King Salmon or Bethel. Bethel shows it moving in on the lower levels, but King Salmon is probably only seeing the higher clouds associated with this system right now.

      November 8, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mike

    I was writing the aviation forecast for Shemya last night. They got up to 72KT (82mph) last night. It is one beast of a storm.

    November 8, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • helene

      sure you were peterson

      November 9, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. theoldadam

    May God bless and keep all those in Alaska safe.

    November 8, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • helene

      i wonder who you might be...this is not the worst storm, mother nature saves the best til last, and until needed.

      tom, send my regards to bill

      November 9, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. John

    If the Deadliest Catch guys are out there, it'll just be another day on the Bering Sea for them

    November 8, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • JKT

      That's going a bit far. 25 foot waves will get anyone's attention and are never "just another day".

      November 8, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Loooooood

    Planet x b.....WHOOHOOOOO

    yu55 NIGA

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

      you call in layla and mx...they can help, maybe bring you some chicken wings or something

      November 9, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mack

    Noooooo. No climate change here!

    November 8, 2011 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. angryoldguy

    Ah, here we go: Science doesn't work;it's all a scam;go back to your cave, etc, etc. The only thing this proves is that humans, for the most part are just dumb animals! This whole idea that the uneducated are really the smart ones is only their way of compensating for the deep down knowledge of what they lack. Such ideas always lead to very bad decision making that has led to countless wars, famines, plagues and all manner of ills that man brings, quite willingly upon himself! Enjoy your ignorance while you can, because you will not escape the damage you bring upon yourself, both individually and collectively! 🙂

    November 9, 2011 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
    • evon

      What on EARTH are you talking about. Seriously. Get a job or at least organize your thoughts so that your diatribes make sense.

      November 10, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  13. cronewinter

    Stope it..shame on you. This is not about politics.

    November 9, 2011 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Pink

      You have the monopoly on ueufsl information-aren't monopolies illegal? 😉

      January 4, 2012 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • ihroda

      NGSFO0 strllsyrvcsd

      January 5, 2012 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
    • ekuwiygb

      NV19OE wdyrocyntogx

      January 6, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  14. Patrick

    Good story but is incorrect....we had seas to 40 feet in a zone and sustained winds of 70kt in zone 185.

    PKZ185-090300-
    ST MATTHEW ISLAND WATERS
    400 AM AKST TUE NOV 8 2011

    ...HURRICANE FORCE WIND WARNING THROUGH TONIGHT...

    .TODAY...SE WIND 50 KT INCREASING TO 65 KT IN THE AFTERNOON. SEAS
    17 FT BUILDING TO 38 FT IN THE AFTERNOON. RAIN.
    .TONIGHT...SW WIND 70 KT. SEAS 40 FT. RAIN AND SNOW.
    .WED...SW WIND 55 KT. SEAS 36 FT. RAIN AND SNOW SHOWERS.
    .WED NIGHT...W WIND 50 KT. SEAS 30 FT.
    .THU...SW WIND 35 KT. SEAS 22 FT.
    .FRI...SW WIND 35 KT. SEAS 15 FT.
    .SAT...W WIND 35 KT. SEAS 22 FT.

    November 9, 2011 at 4:25 am | Report abuse |
  15. Emperor Palapatine

    Ahh welcome to Jackwagon International.

    November 9, 2011 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
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