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. Danno_a_JyD

    Wow! I went looking to see what is happening in Alaska [weather wise] and discovered that there is NOTHING to be concerned about ...

    Lousy LIEberal media!

    November 8, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Lokari

      So... what you're saying is you don't know how to read a weather forecast.

      November 8, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Pacific View

      You should look at the Severe Weather link instead of current conditions.

      November 8, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • @ Danno_a_JyD

      Depends whether or not you know where to look on the Alaskan map and where the Norton Sound is!

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

      Maybe if you look at the forecast, it would help.

      ...Or not – it could just be a conspiracy by the lousy liberal National Weather Service too!

      November 8, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Brian Dodge

      "The storm will produce widespread winds of 40 to 55 mphwith higher gusts over the West Coast Tuesday night into Wednesday evening. "
      "The strong winds will generate seas to as high as 20 feet over the Chukchi Sea... and to 15 to 25 feet over the northern Bering Sea."
      "... 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."
      Are you aware that when you click on the little green diamond with the exclamation point it will lead to more information? Information about the reality coming for West Coast Alaska. Of course, it's well known that facts have a liberal bias. &;>)

      November 8, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      25 foot seas are NOTHING for the Time Bandit and the Hillstrand brothers!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Get-R-Done

      November 8, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  2. Ed Sr

    This is a prelude to December 21 2012.........most people do not believe in this prophecy but the Incas.....the Aztecs.....Nostrodamus and the Holy Bible cannot ALL be wrong. Even if they ARE wrong you had better stock up on water and food as best you can......there have been earthquakes this week in Oklahoma of all places.......there was the freak winter storm in New England that caused millions to be without power and better play a hunch folks.....maybe somebody is right and we are wrong?

    November 8, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • chargernut69

      Really, it says that the world will end on Dec. 21, 2012 in the Bible ? Show me -

      November 8, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      The day of reckoning has been altered time and time again, You are a fool, dude. Stop stocking up and chill. We'll have a laugh on December 22nd, 2012.

      November 8, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • ThatGuy

      Um... yeah... Okay.

      November 8, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Urmom Sahor

      The day of reckoning comes when the window lickers take over the world.

      Beware!!! They've already taken over the Internet.

      November 8, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • American_League

      The only thing for certain about Dec 21, 2012 is that it is our first day of winter.

      November 8, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • hotdogneck

      The Bible says 'nobody knows the day nor the hour' that Christ will return. The reason why they didn't write down 1st person accounts of the life of Jesus right away, is because they expected it to happen within days, weeks, months, or years. Here we are over 2000 years later. Mankind has been expecting the Apocalypse for CENTURIES.

      Just live your life and enjoy every day. Stock up if you feel it necessary, but false prophecy is false.

      November 8, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Chad

      Um, Ed Sr, the Dec 21, 2012 date is only found from the Mayan Long Count calendar. Mayans had no contact and preceded the Incas, minimal influence on the Aztecs, were unknown to Renaissance French medics and I'm pretty sure were unknown to the Holy Land around the time the Bible was set down.

      So, yeah...other than being completely nuts and wrong you, sir, are pretty close to it. Still, thanks for the chuckle.

      November 8, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • KDoyle

      It was the Mayans who founded the concept of renewal/periods of sun change, Chief...

      November 8, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kyle

      First day of winter?!? Ned Stark was RIGHT!!

      November 8, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed Sr

      Um yes Ed, they can ALL be wrong, and most likely are. Go get some medical attention.

      November 8, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Anon

    Having lived through many blizzards myself in the upper midwest- ( all you weather wimps). I agree w/ Alaskaorbust. Can no one stay on topic?

    November 8, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  4. cl

    I think I see Gumby looking at Alaska!

    November 8, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Anon


      November 8, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Marc

      Hilarious. 🙂

      November 8, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  5. Ed Sr

    There is nothing to be concerned about if you live SOUTH of Texas people!

    November 8, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  6. NYS Parkie

    Warming my fanny....we are headed into another Glacial age......Time to move to Mexico....

    November 8, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • VTX1800man

      I have a nice house for sale in South Florida, close to the beach, if you're really interested.

      November 8, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  7. Texas_Twister

    @collins61, EF 5 Tornado on the ground for 60 miles, 2 miles wide, through the heaviest concentration of population, in Central Oklahoma. Storms are everywhere my friend, you live with your devil and we live with ours. @Alaskan, Pilots are trained in Oklahoma because the hardest and most violent wind patterns exist on a regular if not a constant state. In Oklahoma sustained winds often reach 70+, albeit short hours long, never more than a couple of days. Wind in Oklahoma is also caused from the down draft of the Eastern slope of the Rockies into a natural trough. What the heck; 127 tornadoes across the central valley of the US in one storm is small potatoes.

    November 8, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  8. Patriot

    @Alaskaorbust – You are part of a tough lot. Your political leaderships says you don't need the Federal Government to help you. OK, so buckle down there, tough guy.

    And FYI, are you the only person who thinks there isn't violent weather elsewhere? I grew up on the Great Lakes and my guess is you would be mighty challenged by a strong November storm coming off the lakes.

    November 8, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Bryan Abbott

      There is bad weather everywhere but don't illustrate what a fool you are by suggesting an Alaskan doesn't know what bad weather is and that a person from the great lakes really understands it. Try sitting out an Alaskan storm in 80 to 100 foot seas, pleading with God to let you get your feet on dry land just one more time, bargaining in the most ridiculous terms with your creator for just one more day of life. Don't be a fool Patriot, I'm sure you're a nice guy but bad weather is bad weather, the great lakes don't have a monopoly on it.

      November 8, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • fierybuddha

      And my pee pee is bigger than yours...

      November 8, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Robert

    I for one am looking forward to it. I live in Nome, and I have all the beer and moose meat I need...

    November 8, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • alaskan

      Be safe! I know all the people in the Bering Strait region will be ok, they all know how to survive and live off the land and sea!

      November 8, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • fierybuddha

      most excellent, dude.

      November 8, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. NWO


    November 8, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  11. ONTIME

    All those brass monkeys in the area had best cover up their guchels...Having spent time in the Bearing area, I can tell you there are no mild winters.

    November 8, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  12. Brian Dodge

    Welcome to global warming.

    See – "Increase of extreme events in a warming world" – Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

    November 8, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Bryan Abbott


      November 8, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  13. Montello

    Russia is ticked that Sarah Palin is spying on them from her front deck, so they brewed up this storm in her honor – the perfect storm for the perfect idiot.

    November 8, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  14. dpari

    what is going to happen on 12/21/2012? Any site to read more about?

    November 8, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  15. alaskan

    As an Alaskan from the Bering Strait I am surprized that this storm made the news! This is typical weather for us this time of the year. As for the Palin remarks, we are happy she left our state and we are the real Alaskans on the Bering Strait who can really see Russia! Be safe, tie down your roofs, 4 wheelers, and board up your windows!

    November 8, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
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