The state of Alaska is bracing for a massive storm, and there is a risk of flooding and power disruptions.

Residents on Alaska’s

Residents on Alaska’s vast and sparsely populated western coast braced themselves on Friday for a powerful storm that forecasters said could be one of the worst in recent history. The storm is expected to bring hurricane-force winds and high surf, both of which have the potential to knock out power and cause flooding. The storm is the remnants of Typhoon Merbok, which, according to a climate specialist at the University of Alaska Fairbanks named Rick Thoman, is also influencing weather patterns far from Alaska. A rare late-summer storm is now expected to bring rain to drought-stricken parts of California this weekend.


“All of this warm air that’s been transported north by this ex-typhoon is basically generating a chain reaction in the jet stream downstream from Alaska,” he said. “This ex-typhoon was responsible for bringing a lot of rain and wind to the area.”

In reference to the storm that is currently moving into Alaska, Thoman described it as being on par with historical storms. In ten years, people will look back on the storm that occurred in September 2022 as the storm that set the standard.

National Weather Service

According to the National Weather Service, there is a possibility that water levels will be up to 18 feet (5 metres) above the normal high tide line in the small communities of Elim and Koyuk, which are located approximately 145 kilometres (90 miles) from the hub community of Nome. These communities are located in an area of the Bering Sea that is expected to experience winds comparable to those of a hurricane. The National Weather Service issued flood advisories for regions of northwest Alaska until Monday.

Leon Boardway was hard at work as usual on Friday at the Nome Visitors Center, which is located a half block from the Bering Sea in the town of Nome, which has a population of approximately 3,500 people. After it had started to rain and the winds had picked up, he stated, “I simply want to keep my door open and the coffee pot on.” He was referring to his house.

However, there weren’t many people around. Residents, visitors, and businesses in the town, which is known for being where the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race ends and where the reality show “Bering Sea Gold” was filmed about dredging for gold, were boarding up windows and making other plans for the storm.

Boardway Said

“The water is getting worse out there,” said Boardway, 71, as he checked out the center’s camera, which from its high perch has a clear view of the surges. “The ocean is getting worse out there,” Boardway said. “The ocean is getting worse out there.”

He said that he hoped everyone would stay calm and find a good, safe position for themselves.

Typhoon Merbok developed in a region of the Pacific Ocean that is further east than usual for the appearance of storms of this type. According to Thoman, because the water temperatures are above average for this time of year, the storm “was able to spin up.”

Coast of Northern California

The National Weather Service said that a low-pressure system would move from the Gulf of Alaska to an area off the coast of Northern California, where it would likely cause gusty winds on the ridgetops before rain came late Saturday.

Firefighters have been battling what has become the largest wildfire in that state so far this year in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, which are located to the northeast of Sacramento, the state capital. Even though rain is desperately needed, the forecast for the storm called for gusts that could potentially spread the mosquito fire.

According to Courtney Carpenter

According to Courtney Carpenter, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, the storm may make the fire season in California more manageable, but it will not put an end to it because the fuels are already in a critical state of dryness and warmer, drier weather is expected to follow.

The weather system is expected to bring rain to the state’s central coast, but forecasters don’t expect much or any rain in most of Southern California, where mountain and desert areas are still dealing with the effects of too much rain.

As a result of the flash flooding that occurred on Monday in the San Bernardino Mountains to the east of Los Angeles, crews were working to clear head-high mud flows. The damage that happened over the weekend in Southern California was caused by heavy rains that came from the remains of a cyclone that had formed in the Pacific Ocean.

The body of a woman

On Thursday, emergency personnel located the body of a woman who had been reported missing after mudslides ravaged the mountain village in which she lived. Her bones were found near her house. They were buried under dirt, rocks, and other things.

The heavy rains made the damage to roads and buildings in desert national parks that had been done by the intense monsoon thunderstorms in the summer even worse.

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