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NOAA Issues Western Alaska Extreme Weather Warnings

Coastal Flood Warning

COASTAL HAZARD MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FAIRBANKS AK
224 PM AKST TUE NOV 8 2011

...ONE OF THE WORST BERING SEA STORMS ON RECORD WILL CAUSE
WIDESPREAD STRONG WINDS AND COASTAL FLOODING ALONG THE
WEST COAST...

A EXTREMELY STRONG STORM CENTERED 500 MILES SOUTHWEST OF ST
LAWRENCE ISLAND AT NOON TODAY WILL MOVE RAPIDLY NORTHEAST
THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING THEN TRACK NORTHWARD ACROSS THE
CHUKOTSK PENINSULA VERY LATE TONIGHT. ON WEDNESDAY THE STORM
WILL MOVE NORTHWESTWARD ON A COURSE TOWARDS WRANGEL ISLAND.
THIS STORM WILL BE OF EPIC MAGNITUDE RARELY EXPERIENCED OVER
WESTERN AND NORTHWEST ALASKA...AND BE EXTREMELY DANGEROUS
AND LIFE THREATENING.

MAJOR COASTAL FLOODING AND SEVERE BEACH EROSION WILL OCCUR
OVER MANY PARTS OF THE WESTERN ALASKA COASTLINE AND ST LAWRENCE
ISLAND. SEA LEVELS ALONG THE COAST FROM CAPE ROMANZOF TO THE
BERING STRAIT COAST INCLUDING NORTON SOUND WILL RISE TO AS
HIGH AS 8 FEET ABOVE NORMAL.

VERY STRONG WINDS WILL OCCUR OVER ALMOST ALL OF WESTERN
AND NORTHWESTERN ALASKA...THE NORTHERN BERING SEA...AND
THE CHUKCHI SEA. THE STRONGEST WINDS WINDS WILL BE OVER
THE NORTHERN BERING SEA...ST LAWRENCE ISLAND AND THE BERING
STRAIT COAST...AND ALONG THE CHUKCHI SEA COAST.

OVER THE NORTHERN BERING SEA...ST LAWRENCE ISLAND...AND
THE BERING STRAIT...SUSTAINED WINDS WILL BE AS HIGH AS 75
MPH WITH GUSTS AS HIGH AS 90 TO 100 MPH. OVER THE CHUKCHI
SEA AND THE CHUKCHI SEA COAST...MAXIMUM WIND SPEEDS OF 60
TO 70 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AS HIGH AS 75 TO 90 MPH ARE EXPECTED.


AKZ211-090730-
/X.CON.PAFG.CF.W.0004.111109T0000Z-111110T1500Z/
SOUTHERN SEWARD PENINSULA COAST-
INCLUDING...NOME...WHITE MOUNTAIN...GOLOVIN
224 PM AKST TUE NOV 8 2011

...COASTAL FLOOD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM AKST
THURSDAY...

A COASTAL FLOOD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM AKST
THURSDAY.

* LOCATION...ALONG THE COAST INCLUDING THE CITY OF NOME.

* IMPACTS...MAJOR COASTAL FLOODING AND SEVERE BEACH EROSION IS
  EXPECTED ALONG THE COAST. SEA LEVELS RISING 7 TO 8 FEET ABOVE
  NORMAL COMBINED WITH HIGH WAVES WILL PUSH WATER ONSHORE AND
  FLOOD LOW LYING AREAS NEAR THE COAST. ANY SEA ICE THAT IS PRESENT
  NEAR SHORE WILL BE PUSHED ONSHORE. HIGH SEA LEVELS AND WAVES WILL
  BACK UP WATER IN THE SNAKE RIVER NEAR THE MOUTH. THIS MAY FLOOD
  A PORTION OF THE ROAD TO THE NOME AIRPORT.

* TIMING...WINDS AND SEAS INCREASING TONIGHT. SOUTHEAST WINDS
  INCREASING TO 50 TO 60 MPH DURING THE EVENING...WITH
  GUSTS TO 70 MPH. WINDS BECOMING SOUTH 50 TO 60 MPH WEDNESDAY
  MORNING DIMINISHING TO 35 TO 45 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON.
  SEA LEVELS RISING TO AROUND 7 TO 8 FEET ABOVE NORMAL BY
  MIDNIGHT TONIGHT...CONTINUING THROUGH MIDNIGHT WEDNESDAY NIGHT
  BEFORE STARTING TO DECREASE. IN THE NOME AREA...HIGH WAVES TO
  AROUND 10 FEET DEVELOPING BY AROUND MIDNIGHT TONIGHT. THE
  COMBINATION OF HIGH SEA LEVELS WITH HIGH WAVES WILL PUSH WATER
  OVER THE SEA WALL AT NOME BEGINNING AROUND MIDNIGHT TONIGHT.


PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A COASTAL FLOOD WARNING MEANS THAT RISING SEA WATER THAT CAUSES
FLOODING IS EXPECTED. THIS WILL BE ONE OF THE MOST SEVERE STORMS
ON RECORD. COASTAL RESIDENTS IN THE WARNED AREA SHOULD TAKE
PRECAUTIONS NOW TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY...AND BE ON THE ALERT
FOR RISING WATER LEVELS. DO NOT DELAY IN TAKING NEEDED PRECAUTIONS
FOR THIS UNUSUALLY SEVERE AND LIFE THREATENING STORM.

&&

$$


Winter Storm Warning

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FAIRBANKS AK
322 PM AKST TUE NOV 8 2011

AKZ211-090830-
/X.CON.PAFG.WS.W.0034.111109T0300Z-111110T0600Z/
SOUTHERN SEWARD PENINSULA COAST-
INCLUDING...NOME...WHITE MOUNTAIN...GOLOVIN
322 PM AKST TUE NOV 8 2011

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING
TO 9 PM AKST WEDNESDAY...

A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING
TO 9 PM AKST WEDNESDAY.

* SNOW...10 TO 18 INCHES. HEAVIEST AMOUNTS WILL BE ON
  SOUTH FACING SLOPES OF THE HILLS

* VISIBILITY...VERY POOR IN SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW. BLIZZARD
  CONDITIONS POSSIBLE.

* WIND...SOUTHEAST INCREASING TO 50 TO 60 MPH WITH GUSTS
  TO 70 MPH DURING THIS EVENING...BECOMING SOUTH WEDNESDAY
  MORNING AND DIMINISHING TO 35 TO 45 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON.

* TIMING...TONIGHT AND WEDNESDAY.

* IMPACTS...VISIBILITY WILL BE VERY POOR AND SNOW WILL
  ACCUMULATE INTO DRIFTS. TRAVEL AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES WILL BE
  EXTREMELY DIFFICULT AND DANGEROUS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT WINTER WEATHER HAZARDS
ARE EXPECTED. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITY VERY
HAZARDOUS.

&&

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Special Weather Statement

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FAIRBANKS AK
108 PM AKST TUE NOV 8 2011

AKZ207>214-090915-
CHUKCHI SEA COAST-LOWER KOBUK AND NOATAK VALLEYS-
BALDWIN PENINSULA AND SELAWIK VALLEY-
NORTHERN AND INTERIOR SEWARD PENINSULA-
SOUTHERN SEWARD PENINSULA COAST-
EASTERN NORTON SOUND AND NULATO HILLS-
ST LAWRENCE ISLAND AND BERING STRAIT COAST-YUKON DELTA-
INCLUDING...POINT HOPE...SHISHMAREF...KIVALINA...ESPENBERG...
NOATAK...KIANA...RED DOG MINE...KOTZEBUE...SELAWIK...NOORVIK...
BUCKLAND...DEERING...CANDLE...COUNCIL...HAYCOCK...
PILGRIM SPRINGS...SERPENTINE HOT SPRINGS...TAYLOR...NOME...
WHITE MOUNTAIN...GOLOVIN...UNALAKLEET...STEBBINS...ST MICHAEL...
ELIM...KOYUK...SHAKTOOLIK...GAMBELL...SAVOONGA...BREVIG MISSION...
TELLER...WALES...DIOMEDE...MOUNTAIN VILLAGE...EMMONAK...
ALAKANUK...KOTLIK...PILOT STATION...ST MARYS...SCAMMON BAY...
MARSHALL...NUNAM IQUA...PITKAS POINT
108 PM AKST TUE NOV 8 2011

...ALASKA WEST COAST TO BE HIT BY ONE OF THE MOST SEVERE BERING
SEA STORMS ON RECORD...

A POWERFUL AND EXTREMELY DANGEROUS STORM OF NEAR RECORD OR
RECORD MAGNITUDE IS BEARING DOWN ON THE WEST COAST OF ALASKA.
AT 9 AM THIS MORNING THE STORM CENTER WAS LOCATED ABOUT 600
MILES SOUTHWEST OF ST LAWRENCE ISLAND. THE STORM IS FORECAST
TO MOVE RAPIDLY NORTHEAST TODAY AND TONIGHT WITH THE CENTER
MOVING ACROSS THE CHUKOTSK PENINSULA TONIGHT. ON WEDNESDAY
THE STORM WILL TAKE A NORTHWESTWARD TRACK INTO THE CHUKCHI SEA.

THE STORM WILL BRING EXTREMELY STRONG WINDS TO ALL OF THE
ALASKA WEST COAST BEGINNING THIS AFTERNOON OVER ST LAWRENCE
ISLAND AND BEGINNING THIS EVENING OVER THE REMAINDER OF
THE WEST COAST...ACCOMPANIED BY WIDESPREAD MAJOR COASTAL
FLOODING AND SEVERE BEACH EROSION OVER MANY PARTS OF THE
COASTLINE. THE WIND WILL PUSH LARGE AMOUNTS OF WATER INTO NORTON
SOUND...RAISING SEA LEVELS TO 7 TO 9 FEET ABOVE NORMAL IN NORTON
SOUND AND ALONG THE BERING STRAIT COAST. THE EXTREMELY STRONG
WINDS WILL PRODUCE HIGH WAVES WHICH WILL PUSH THE HIGH WATER
FARTHER INLAND.

OVER THE BERING STRAIT COAST AND ST LAWRENCE ISLAND...
SUSTAINED WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO REACH 75 MPH WITH MAXIMUM
GUSTS OF 90 TO 100 MPH. ALONG THE CHUKCHI COAST...WIND
SPEEDS OF 65 TO 70 MPH WITH GUSTS AS HIGH AS 90 MPH ARE
EXPECTED. IN THE NOME AREA...SUSTAINED WINDS AS HIGH AS
60 MPH ARE EXPECTED...WITH GUSTS TO 70 MPH. ALMOST ALL OTHER
AREAS OF THE WEST COAST WILL EXPERIENCE MAXIMUM WIND SPEEDS
OF AT LEAST 50 TO 60 MPH.

WIDESPREAD MAJOR COASTAL FLOODING AND SEVERE BEACH
EROSION IS EXPECTED IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:

1. THE BERING SEA COAST FROM CAPE ROMANZOF TO POINT
   ROMANOF...ESPECIALLY THE WEST FACING SHORES.
2. ALL AREAS ALONG THE EASTERN AND NORTHERN SHORE OF NORTON
   SOUND WESTWARD TO AND INCLUDING THE BERING STRAIT COAST
   AND LITTLE DIOMEDE ISLAND.
3. SOUTH AND WEST FACING COASTLINE OF ST LAWRENCE ISLAND.
4. THE CHUKCHI SEA COAST FROM CAPE KRUSENSTERN TO POINT HOPE.

THIS INCLUDES THE VILLAGES OF NOME AND KIVALINA WHERE
MAJOR DAMAGE FROM COASTAL FLOODING AND STRONG WINDS
IS EXPECTED. THE VILLAGE OF SAVOONGA ON THE NORTH SHORE
OF ST LAWRENCE ISLAND WILL BE PROTECTED FROM COASTAL
FLOODING BUT WILL EXPERIENCE EXTREMELY STRONG AND
DAMAGING WINDS.

ADDITIONALLY...HIGH SEA LEVELS IN NORTON SOUND WILL CAUSE
COASTAL FLOODING IN LOW LYING AREAS ALONG THE SOUTHERN SHORE.

THE STORM WILL PRODUCE BLIZZARD OR NEAR BLIZZARD CONDITIONS
OVER MOST AREAS OF THE WESTERN ALASKA MAINLAND...WITH VISIBILITY
REDUCED TO NEAR ZERO IN SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW. PEOPLE ARE URGED
TO SEEK SHELTER NOW AND POSTPONE TRAVEL INTO THE BACK COUNTRY
UNTIL THE STORM ABATES.

ALL BOAT OPERATORS SHOULD SEEK SAFETY IN PORT IMMEDIATELY
IF THEY HAVE NOT ALREADY DONE SO. IN AREAS WHERE BEACH
EROSION AND COASTAL FLOODING IS EXPECTED...SMALL BOATS
AND PERSONAL PROPERTY SHOULD BE MOVED WELL AWAY FROM THE
SHORE AND TO HIGHER GROUND.

AGAIN...THIS WILL BE EXTREMELY DANGEROUS AND LIFE THREATENING
STORM OF AN EPIC MAGNITUDE RARELY EXPERIENCED. ALL PEOPLE
IN THE AREA SHOULD TAKE PRECAUTIONS TO SAFEGUARD THEIR LIVES
AND PROPERTY.

RF

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