Huge, potentially record- the storm that broke out caused severe flooding and caused damage to coastal cities in Alaska is Saturday and some residents have been evacuated. Gov. Mike Dunleavy said he “verbally announced” the disaster. for communities affected by the hurricane.
The governor said on There were no reports of injuries on Twitter. “We will continue to monitor the storm and update as much as Alaska possible,” he tweeted.
In the town of Golovin, according to the National Meteorological Service, a major flood was reported early Saturday, and forecasters warned that the situation would only worsen. The city can see an extra 1-2 feet of water by the end of the day.
“Water surrounds the school, homes and the structures are flooded, at least a couple homes floating off in the foundation some old fuel tanks are tilted over” weather Services office in Fairbanks tweeted.
Photos from weather service showed a high water level there.
Another city, Shaktoolik, reported coastal flooding. with water entering into community and get closer to some homes”according to weather service. Residents were evacuated to a school and clinic. Shaktoolik was also expected to see the worst of storm later in day.
According to NWSwater level in The nome rose above 10 feet on Saturday and is expected to continue rising. rise.
weather service also shared footage from the webcam in Unalakleet, average day comparison in city against scene there on a Saturday morning.
As of Saturday, noon, big stripes of the state’s west coast was subject to warnings of coastal flooding and high winds. weather service said flood warnings will remain in effect for in several areas by Sunday evening, with wind warnings due to expire by Saturday evening.
weather the service said the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta would experience a “lower tide” at high tide. in afternoon and evening hours Saturday.
“highest water level expected from Kipnuk north to Newtok. NWS tweeted. coastal flood warning was extended for what region until 22:00 Saturday.
Other servings of the state is under a storm warning, according to weather service.
weather service a common peak reported wind gusts as of 8 am local time – highest recorded was 91 miles per hour in Cape Romanzov. Several other cities, including Golovin, had winds in excess of 60 mph.
Center of the storm was located just south of Bering Strait on Saturday morning, vol. weather service said.
The storm is the remnants of Typhoon Merbock andthis could lead to “potentially historic” floods, with some coastal areas see the water level up up to 11 feet higher than a normal tide.