Forecasters tracking new storm for Alaska’s Arctic coast


JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – A fall storm that packed strong winds damaged roofs and windows in parts of the west and northwest…

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – A downpour packed with strong winds damaged roofs and windows in parts of western and northwestern Alaska and resulted in street flooding in the northern town of Utqiagvik, according to damage reports, with another storm expected to hit arctic coast this week.

Water levels dropped by midday Saturday across the region, said Jonathan Chriest, a National Weather Service meteorologist.

The system forecasters are tracking is expected to bring rising waves and strong winds to the Arctic coast Tuesday through Thursday, although water levels and winds were not expected to be as high as the last storm, he said Sunday.

There are usually strong storms in northern and western Alaska between September and December, he said. But the storm that just hit parts of western and northwestern Alaska and the remnants of Typhoon Merbok, which caused widespread damage in parts of western Alaska last month, were “extremely strong” for the areas each affected, he said.

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