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Life-Threatening Superstorm to slam West Alaska

Has the potential to produce widespread damage…

Intensify into one of the most severe Bering Sea storms on record…

Current models agree well on the development and track of a Bering Sea superstorm which will cause erosion and major coastal flooding over parts of the west coast (of Alaska)…

Extremely dangerous and life-threatening storm which will be one of the worst on record over the Bering Sea and the west coast of Alaska…

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The National Weather Service in Alaska states that an historic hurricane-force storm system is moving into the Bering Sea on Tuesday. The storm, which is forecast to have sustained winds of 80 mph over an area the size of Colorado, is also predicted to produce storm surge effects on the Alaskan coast 8 to 10 feet above normal water levels. The Alaskan city of Nome is in its path.

Imagery of Storm Moving into Bering Sea

Superstorm in Action: A satellite loop showing the storm approach and enter the Berinig Sea on Tuesday, November 8, 2011.

The storm began its travels earlier this week just east of Japan. During the past 24 to 48 hours, the storm has intensified as it moved northeast toward Alaska and the Bering Sea. The storm is expected to bomb out with its central pressure falling rapidly Tuesday night and into Wednesday. The central pressure could fall to as low as an astounding 940 millibars.

Blizzard conditions will be common across inland western Alaska.

Offshore, waves will reach higher than 40 feet, and dangerous heavy freezing spray will affect the Bering and Chukchi Seas. Waves of 15 to 25 feet are expected to crash along portions of the coastline.

The current lack of sea ice in the Bering Sea will allow this storm to maximize its impact. Ice typically acts as a natural barrier that mitigates the effects of destructive wave action and coastal flooding along the shoreline.

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Latest Alaska Infrared Satellite Imagery

The latest satellite imagery over Alaska. The deeper the orange colors indicate higher clouds tops and the likelihood of enhanced precipitation. Enlarge and animate



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