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. Jim in Houston

    Have you ever heard of capitalizing the first word in a sentence? Take your meds and go back to sleep.

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

    thats not the point. i was born into this like you and that is just how it is. we are dependent on oil and all the gadgets like my cellphone now. im simply saying mankind has effected the planet in a negative way which is now at a tipping point. i know the planet goes through natural cycles and infinite variables contribute to change. but in recorded history the destruction this planet has never been this bad everywhere around the world. something is happening and im sure there is bloggers with a million answers.

    November 8, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Snart

      Nothing has ever been this bad? Your kidding right? Tell that to the dinosaurs...

      November 8, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  3. HL Mencken

    CNN: It doesn't take much to draw in comments from the under-schooled readers who follow your offerings.
    Gross misspellings tell the whole story. But the graphics of "the storm" tell even more about your positions
    on global warming, climate change, or is it now the pending climate catastrophe? What will happen today
    and tonight in the Bering Straights and along the coastlines of Alaska and Russia has already happened more times
    than anyone can imagine since time immemorial. HL

    November 8, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  4. steve

    It's nice that as a local you can be so cavalier and non-chalant about it. I hope the winds don't trash your home.

    November 8, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Texas_Twister

      I live in East Texas. Here 110 in the shade is a good day for a picnic. Most tornadoes, that don't get something of yours, doesn't get talked about. So I guess to an Alaskan, this is just another day in the life.

      November 8, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mike

    Man made climate change, deal with it...

    November 8, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  6. Chandra

    Not a problem. Queen Sarah Palin will take care of it. She will blast President Obama for it.

    November 8, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  7. idonttolerateidiots

    BEZ.. Some folks want you to learn to spell before they will take you seriously. Thats BS. You should learn to THINK before I or anyone else will take you seriously. You obviously fail on both counts, so just shut the #### up.

    November 8, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  8. BoomerSooner

    Worst storm ever for the State of Alaska, 74 mph winds, 14 inches of snow, you would think it would be
    worse for Alaska. Oklahoma has 80 mph winds all the time and as far as 14 inches of snow we got that in one day last Feb......

    November 8, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  9. bristoltwit palin... America's favorite dancing cow

    ...snort, drool...

    November 8, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  10. Robert G

    Should make for a good season of deadliest catch next season.

    Man made global warming is a scam that has been exposed. So stop trying to blame weather on anything other than nature.

    November 8, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  11. Carlton

    Praying for you Alaska!!!

    November 8, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  12. Michigan_Joe

    Geez! It is nearly winter and Alaska is going to get a storm. Why does this seems to be getting much attention? Our news media will do anything to run a stupid story. Damned it, it's winter and we get storms in winter.

    November 8, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  13. DONNY

    the second coming of christ our lord is near, repent the kingdom of god is near.......every knee shall bow and every mouth WILL CONFESS THAT CHRIST IS LORD, u can doubt and make fun all u want, but u will see

    November 8, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Rob The Town

      Really? That is what u think is happening? Not much of a "logical" thinker are we?

      November 8, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Peter_Griffin

      Shut up Meg

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

      who forgot to lock the door????????????????????????

      November 8, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Really

      I can't believe there is a storm with strong winds and large waves in the Bering Sea...... This is just crazy.

      November 8, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • OregonTom

      You have lost you mind

      November 8, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  14. Stan

    Its a storm. Storms happen occasionally on this planet, as they have since the creation of this planet. God gave us oil to run our engines. Live with it.

    November 8, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  15. collins61

    @BoomerSooner; How did Oklahoma do with sea ice, coastal erosion, 25 foot seas and tidal surges. What ever Oklahoma has experienced winter weather wise, Alaska has got you whipped in a big way every day, you incredible nit wit Okie.

    November 8, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
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