‘Historically powerful’ storm to hit Alaska this weekend with seas up to 54 feet high

An intense and extremely powerful storm is heading for the coast of Alaska, with forecasts of coastal flooding and massive sea swells as it moves in. The storm is made up

of remnants from Typhoon Merbok, which formed in the northern Pacific Ocean last weekend. “Some locations may experience their worst coastal flooding in nearly 50 years,”

the National Weather Service (NWS) warns. A “hurricane force wind warning” has been issued for the Bering Sea, which sits between Alaska and Russia, and where the storm is

currently located. Flood warnings have been issued for much of the state’s western coastline too, as storm surges could push the seas between three and 18 feet (one to five

metres) above the high tide line. Over the ocean, seas could reach up to 54 feet high, according to NWS. As of 11pm this evening Buoy 46071 south of Amchitka Island in

the Western Aleutians has recorded seas to 41 feet🌊🌊!! Here is a picture of the massive waves caught on the buoy's camera. Adak Island has recorded multiple gusts to 75 mph and

reached 70°F. #akwx @databuoycenter pic.twitter.com/oDQhjzVZ5W— NWS Anchorage (@NWSAnchorage) September 16, 2022 “Winds gusting as high as 90 mph will create significant

wave action on top of the surge pushing water well inland in some areas,” the agency warned. “Residents should take immediate action to protect themselves and property as

this dangerous storm moves into the area.”