When the National Weather Service calls a storm "epic," you know something big is going down. (Or that the National Weather Service employs a lot of 20something copywriters, I guess, but in this case it's the former.) The storm currently sweeping over Alaska is going to be one of the most severe Bering Strait storms on record.
Here's what Alaska residents, who should really be planning on being Northwest Territories residents temporarily, are in for:
- Wind gusts up to 100 miles per hour in some areas
- Major coastal flooding and beach erosion
- Storm surges up to 10 feet
The rest of us coastal natives should be preparing too, albeit on a longer time frame, since crazybig storms may become more common.
Alaska braces for "epic" storm; evacuations begin, Reuters.
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