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Typhoon Merbok: Storms Hit Western Alaska Cause Widespread Flooding, Power Outages

Alaska, September 18th: A powerful storm moving north over the Bering Strait on Saturday caused widespread flooding in several communities on Alaska’s western coast, sapping power and forcing residents to evacuate to higher ground. There were also houses, and the one with the gnome was swept away by the river until it got caught in a bridge.

The storm is a remnant of Typhoon Marbok, a storm that is affecting weather patterns as far as California where strong winds and rare late-summer storms were expected.

Alaska has no reports of storm injuries or deaths, said Jeremy Zidek, spokesman for the Alaska Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency. It was warning communities that worst-case flooding could occur and that the waters could take up to 14 hours to recede.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy issued a disaster declaration for affected communities on Saturday. Golovin was the hardest hit, with most of the village’s 170 inhabitants taking refuge in schools or his three hillside buildings. Winds in the area are over 60 miles (95 kilometers) per hour, with water levels 11 feet (3.35 meters) above the normal high tide line and expected to rise another 2 feet (61 centimeters) before peaking on Saturday. It was done.

“Most of the lower part of the community is flooded with all structures and buildings,” said Ed Plum, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Fairbanks. Typhoon Merbok: Alaska, USA prepares for floods and blackouts as a massive storm approaches.

Clarabelle Lewis, facility manager for the tribal government, the Chinik Eskimo Community, was among those who took refuge in the hills overlooking Golovin. She and others weathered the storm in the tribal office after securing home supplies from the wind and helping her neighbors do the same.

The wind was howling. It was noisy,” she said. Luis has never experienced a storm like this in his 20 years living in Golovin. “We’ve had a few floods in the past, but nothing as bad as this one,” she said. “The house has never moved from its foundation.”

Flooding was also reported in Hooper Bay, St. Michaels, Unalakreet and Shaktrick, with waves crashing onto the levee in front of the community, Plum said. He said the storm would pass through the Bering Strait on Saturday and then head to the Chukotka Sea.

“And just west of Point Hope, it’s going to kind of become a park and be undermined,” he said of communities on Alaska’s northwest coast. Further north, rising water levels in the Chukchi Sea and Kotsebue Strait region will continue through Sunday.

Northern California will see gusts of up to 40 mph (64 km/h) Saturday night through Sunday morning along the coast from Sonoma County to Santa Cruz and in the high Sierra Nevada mountains, according to the National Weather Service. is expected.

Winds of that strength can topple branches and drought-stressed trees, causing power outage problems, said Ryan Walbran, a meteorologist with the Weather Service. Starting in the morning, it is expected to bring up to 3 inches (7.6 centimeters) of rain to coastal areas of Sonoma County, and a little less as Wolbran rain moves south into the San Francisco area and the Santa Cruz Mountains. says Mr.

“This is quite a bit of rain early in the season,” he said, adding that the storm is expected to continue intermittently until at least Monday, making commutes wet on smooth roads.

In the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, northeast of the state capital Sacramento, firefighters are working to put out the state’s largest wildfire so far this year. Rain was needed, but he was down to 21% Mosquito as of Saturday morning. Wind was a concern for his fire-fighting crew.

“Wind will definitely cause erratic fire behavior,” said Scott McLean, spokesman for the California Fire Department, which could ignite new hotspots, but rain will “Rain won’t put out the fire, but it will help.”

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