A potentially record-breaking massive storm caused massive flooding and damage to coastal towns in Alaska on Saturday, prompting some residents to evacuate. Gov. Mike Dunleavy said he had “verbally declared disaster” for the storm-affected communities.
The governor said on Twitter that no injuries had been reported. “We will continue to monitor the storm and update Alaska as much as possible,” he said. murmured.
The town of Golovin was reporting heavy flooding early Saturday morning, and forecasters warned it would get worse, according to the National Weather Service. The town may see another foot or two of water by the end of the day.
“Schools are submerged, homes and structures are submerged, at least a few homes are up off their foundations and old fuel tanks are tilting,” the Fairbanks Bureau of Meteorology said. murmured.
photo from weather service It showed a high water level there.
Another town, Shakturik, reported coastal flooding, with water “entering the community and approaching some homes,” it said. weather serviceResidents there took refuge in schools and clinics. Shakturik was also expected to see its worst storm later in the day.
according to NWSwater levels in Nome are expected to rise by more than 10 feet on Saturday and continue to rise.
of weather service We also shared Unalakleet webcam footage comparing what an average day in town looks like on a Saturday morning.
As of Saturday afternoon, large swaths of the state’s west coast were under coastal flooding and high wind warnings. Flood warnings remained in effect for some areas through Sunday night, and wind warnings were expected to expire by Saturday night, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.
The Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta will see “smaller waves” at high tide Saturday afternoon and evening, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.
“Highest water level expected north from Kipnuk to Newtok.” NWS tweetedA coastal flood warning for the area has been extended until 10 p.m. Saturday.
Storm warnings have been issued for the rest of the state, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.
of weather service Shared Peak reported gusts at 8:00 am local time. The highest recorded speed was 91 mph at Cape Romanzov. Several other towns, including Golovin, had winds in excess of 60 mph.
The center of the storm was located just south of the Bering Strait on Saturday morning, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.
The storm is the remnant of Typhoon Markbok,It could result in “potentially historic” flooding, with water levels up to 11 feet higher than normal high tide in some coastal areas.