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. gung hoe

    @blackbeerd agree with you the northwesteRN should be getting tossed around like a toy

    November 8, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  2. InsrtName

    Karma for producing Sara Palin!

    November 8, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  3. Bob Kutz

    Just one more sign of global warming. (Just a bit of sarcasm there, for those who don't recognize it.)

    November 8, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  4. John Kerry

    scot: Take your head out of your bung hole moron. If you still support Obama, Reid, Pelosi and the other out of closet Marxists then it's time to change your meds. How's the unemployment, foreclosure and crappy economy thingee workin' out for you Hopey Changey kinda drones? Let me guess- you're one of the 47% living off the hard work and taxes paid by us 53%ers. Look loser- if I knew where you were I could at least beat some sense into you. But since you're somewhere out there sitting in your Mom's basement in your underpants with a tinfoil hat on you're pretty much a lost cause. So sit back and watch how we adults fix the problems you POS losers made.

    November 8, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  5. m deren

    cool... maybe this storm will make the Palins go away.

    November 8, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob-Salem

      Perhaps instead it will get rid of a puke like you!

      November 8, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • twinkies!

      We couldn't possibly get that lucky

      November 8, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      roaches are hard to root.

      November 8, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • trigtwit palin... America's favorite tard baby

      And one for you Bob... *poot*

      November 8, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  6. lyncher

    holy moly. you obviously drank koolaid this morning!

    November 8, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  7. BDDD

    Grow up you dunce. You think entirely too highly of yourself! You are a 'useful idiot'!

    November 8, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  8. Beachlover

    The oil has nothing to do with it and LEARN HOW TO SPELL.

    November 8, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  9. gnodges

    it's vehicles, not vehicals.....learn to spell, and I'll take you seriously.

    November 8, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  10. kim

    yep.. I live in Alaska... to most of the world it's a hurricane.. to us it's Fall in Alaska.. was jus talkin about it the other day...

    November 8, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      'idjut', read the freaking article:

      "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,"

      November 8, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • twinkies!

      I live in Alaska too Mike and Kim's right hurricane force winds are a common occurance in the fall and winter and if your going to make your living out on the bearing sea you take your chances even in good weather. Bad weather? Life threatening? Erosion? Polar Bears? Liberals? we're not scared.

      November 8, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Nine Mile Steese

      We need fall storms like this to repel whining mosquitoes and liberals. Can't say there's much difference between the two because they both whine incessantly and bleed you dry.

      November 8, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  11. Tdog

    Don't worry, it will all be over very soon!

    November 8, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      what, civilization?

      November 8, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  12. Bob-Salem

    Epic Fail

    November 8, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  13. donewithitagain

    I am getting tired of reading about these ingrate slackers who choose to do something destructive and call it a "protest" instead of getting off their lazy tooshes and getting a j-o-b.

    November 8, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • babs

      Herman Cain tried to get a j-o-b on several occasions.

      November 8, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      you mean the Tea Party Congress?

      November 8, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  14. babs

    Windy enough to blow a line of coke off the top of an oil drum.

    November 8, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim in Houston

      Hopefully windy enough to blow the human feces out of town and stop their silly "protest".

      November 8, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • trigtwit palin... America's favorite tard baby

      Here's one for you Jim... *poot*

      November 8, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  15. bobcat ( in a hat )

    Wow, I looked at that weather map, and thought I was having flash backs from my magic mushroom days.
    Faaar Ooouuttt Maaaan

    November 8, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
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