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. Sylvestor Johnson

    Interesting how this is the same place that an Army guy said was going to be devastated by something because there was a big red X there in the spot of the low. Rather makes you wonder if this isn't a man made storm or the spot of a large asteroid landing.

    November 8, 2011 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      You may want to check the fit of that tin foil hat. I think it's cutting off blood to your brain.

      November 8, 2011 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Jokersmoker

      Time to put down the crack pipe, Sylvestor.

      November 8, 2011 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      Which "Army guy" would that be and when did he say it? Please provide proof otherwise do the rest of us a favor and stay off-grid .

      November 8, 2011 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
    • MrWhat?

      Sylvestor.... hey I've got an idea. Why don't you go iReport the storm for us. Get real close to it.
      Real close... that's it... just a few steps more.

      November 8, 2011 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Davey Davey

      IIt is man made you bafoons. Where have you been for the last 25 years? We have been making storms of this magnitude for awhile. I believe this one was made by a group of Siberian old lady's...the type with hairy upper lip and a 5th of vodka in the gut.

      November 8, 2011 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Just me

      Asteriods don't land boss, they collide.

      November 8, 2011 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Madman Smith

      Asteroids can land or sea.

      November 8, 2011 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
    • NK

      haha... FUNNY!

      Wait, that wasnt supposed to be a joke...?

      November 8, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Weather man

    Sylvestor grow up man...

    November 8, 2011 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
  3. Brandy

    I couldn't get past the snow with 70+ mph winds. It's like being sandblasted.

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

      sux huh randy? go to foxwoods, it's quieter there for now

      November 9, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©


    Oh, I agree.
    Nature's demabrasion...
    I probably spelled that wrong.

    November 8, 2011 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
  5. Starman

    For any interested, a frightening true account of an at sea rescue, at the height of such a storm. "The Last Run" by Todd Lewan.

    November 8, 2011 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
    • David

      Agreed. Outstanding book.

      November 8, 2011 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
    • helene


      November 9, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Lance

    Sounds like perfect weather for the boyz on "Deadliest Catch" to go crabbing! 🙂

    November 8, 2011 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      We are unloading a few of them now, the Rambling Rose was yesterday, they have headed in to get offloaded before this so they do not beat the s#$% out of the crab. We just hope the roof stays on! The camera guys will be going crazy because these guys are smart and will be anchored up tight somewhere as safe as they can find.

      November 8, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Patriot

    Quick, better check with Sarah Palin to see if this a liberal conspiracy against all Alaskans......

    November 8, 2011 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
  8. squanch

    north pole is in canada not the states therefore "santa" is not from alaska and is doing better than ever financialy like the rest of us 🙂

    November 8, 2011 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Synapse

      PLUS- he, the Mrs., and all the Elves are covered by good Gov't Health Insurance.

      November 8, 2011 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
    • notatall

      Santa's a one percenter?

      November 8, 2011 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Mr.T

      No, he is not the 1%. He is a socialist like any good Canadian. Why else would he always be dressed in red, head to toe, and giving away all that he makes rather than charging an arm and a leg for every little kids toy. Also, think of the collective of little elves. At least Santa does not use off shore child labour (yes, that is the correct spelling of the word).

      November 8, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Jessica

      And just how long does it take for Santa or his elves to get into see a doctor? Oh, good old socialized medicine. I guess that's why so many Canadians come down to the US for healthcare.

      November 8, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • porthosthemighty

      There is a place called North Pole Alaska

      November 8, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • helene

      would that be "BACK DOOR SANTA" OR santa12? he's next....suoso

      November 9, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Glades2

    Time for CNN to take down their message boards, again – they did it about 10 years ago for 1 or 2 years – too many posts that don't have anything to do with the news item, and not enough moderators. As for the storm, iit's very powerful (any low center with a pressure of 945 mb is similar to a hurricane) but Alaska is used to very bad weather at this time of year...

    November 8, 2011 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  10. anderson

    Michelle Bachmann just released a statement saying God is sending the storm to rid the state of American Indians. I guess God has something against all the illegal fireworks they produce.

    November 8, 2011 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Morgon

      They don't produce any fireworks you idiot. Almost all fireworks in the US come from China. The Indians just sell them. Duh.

      November 8, 2011 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
  11. Dib Dab

    I can see Russia on this map! Vote for me!

    November 8, 2011 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
    • helene

      okay dub deb

      November 9, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. dp52

    When I was in the Aleutians this was normal winter weather. Just another day of not going outside.

    November 8, 2011 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
  13. Ken from FL

    So, how long will it take before Al Gore cites this as yet another example of global warming?

    November 8, 2011 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
    • notatall

      It truly is a good example.

      November 8, 2011 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
    • helene

      ask bobby or george dear...fla

      November 9, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. sir_ken_g

    Climate change models predict more and bigger storms..

    November 8, 2011 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  15. Paul

    Wow. American lives are seriously at risk and likely some will die–still folks try and make a joke or a political point of it. Sad.

    November 8, 2011 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
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