Western Alaska to Feel Effects of Storm

A huge Bering Sea storm is hitting western Alaska, packing hurricane-force winds and creating possible coastal flooding concerns for some southwestern communities.

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by Associated Press

JUNEAU- A huge Bering Sea storm is hitting western Alaska, packing hurricane-force winds and creating possible coastal flooding concerns for some southwestern communities. The National Weather Service said 28-foot waves were recorded in the southwest Bering Sea Tuesday morning and that the Coast Guard reported at least two vessels seeking safe harbor from the storm. Hurricane-force wind warnings were posted for the waters around the western Aleutian Islands and western Bering Sea. Meteorologist Tom Pepe says the storm's expected to mainly be a wind event as it moves through the region by Thursday. He says gusts of 81 mph were reported at Adak as the front moved through that area Tuesday. He says strong winds were expected in the western Aleutians on the back side of the storm Tuesday evening.