Monday, November 7, 2011

UPDATE

Well, apparently I need to get more than one Dr. Pepper!

A statement released from NOAA today...

...SEVERE BERING SEA STORM EXPECTED TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY...

A RAPIDLY DEVELOPING STORM LOCATED ABOUT 600 MILES SOUTHWEST
OF SHEMYA THIS AFTERNOON WILL INTENSIFY INTO ONE OF THE
MOST SEVERE BERING SEA STORMS ON RECORD AS IT MOVES NORTHWARD
ACROSS THE CHUKOTSK PENINSULA TUESDAY NIGHT. THIS STORM
HAS THE POTENTIAL TO PRODUCE WIDESPREAD DAMAGE.

THE STORM WILL PRODUCE WIDESPREAD WINDS OF 40 TO 55 MPH
WITH HIGHER GUSTS OVER THE WEST COAST TUESDAY NIGHT INTO
WEDNESDAY EVENING. STRONG WEST WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO CONTINUE
OVER ST LAWRENCE ISLAND WEDNESDAY NIGHT. GUSTS TO 70 MPH CAN BE
EXPECTED ALONG THE CHUKOTSK PENINSULA AND IN AREAS NEAR KOTZEBUE.
WINDS OF 60 TO 75 MPH ARE EXPECTED OVER ST LAWRENCE ISLAND AND
THE BERING STRAIT COAST. WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO APPROACH HURRICANE
FORCE OVER THE CHUKCHI SEA AND NORTHERN BERING SEA. THE STRONG
WINDS WILL GENERATE SEAS TO AS HIGH AS 20 FEET OVER THE CHUKCHI
SEA...AND TO 15 TO 25 FEET OVER THE NORTHERN BERING SEA.

THE STRONG WINDS WILL PUSH LARGE AMOUNTS OF WATER INTO NORTON
SOUND...RAISING SEA LEVELS TO AS HIGH AS 8 TO 9 FEET ABOVE NORMAL
TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT. THE HIGH SEA LEVELS
COMBINED WITH HIGH WAVES WILL PRODUCE SEVERE BEACH EROSION AND
MAJOR COASTAL FLOODING ALONG THE NORTHERN AND EASTERN SHORES OF
NORTON SOUND AND ALONG THE BERING STRAIT COAST. HIGH WATER
LEVELS WILL PRODUCE COASTAL FLOODING ALONG THE SOUTHERN
SHORE OF NORTON SOUND. STRONG WINDS AND WAVE ACTION MAY PUSH
ICE IN NORTON BAY ON SHORE.

MODERATELY ELEVATED SEA LEVELS AND HIGH WAVES WILL CAUSE
SEVERE BEACH EROSION AND MAJOR COASTAL FLOODING ALONG THE
SOUTH AND WEST FACING COASTS OF ST LAWRENCE ISLAND TUESDAY
THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT.

ALONG THE CHUKCHI SEA COAST FROM CAPE KRUSENSTERN NORTHWEST...
SOUTHEAST WINDS GUSTING TO A HIGH AS 70 MPH WILL PRODUCE HIGH
WAVES AND SOME ELEVATION OF SEA LEVELS...RESULTING IN SEVERE
BEACH EROSION AND MAJOR COASTAL FLOODING. THE VILLAGE OF
KIVALINA WILL BE HIGHLY VULNERABLE TO DAMAGE CAUSED BY
BEACH EROSION AND COASTAL FLOODING.

THE STORM WILL ALSO PRODUCE SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL AND BLIZZARD
CONDITIONS OVER ALMOST ALL OF THE WEST COAST TUESDAY NIGHT
AND WEDNESDAY. SNOWFALL AMOUNTS OF AS MUCH AS 14 INCHES
ARE EXPECTED ALONG THE SOUTHERN SEWARD PENINSULA COAST AND
IN PARTS OF THE INTERIOR SEWARD PENINSULA.

AGAIN...THIS IS AN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS AND LIFE THREATENING
STORM WHICH WILL BE ONE OF THE WORST ON RECORD OVER THE BERING
SEA AND THE WEST COAST.

Read more HERE.

Life Threatening??!?! I think it's time for a vacation. For real.

I went to the grocery store today at 5:00 p.m. to get a few "things" (Like Dr. Pepper!) and it was as if the entire town had congregated there. Hushed visits of the impending storm caused a stir throughout the entire store. People were picking up staples, like eggs, milk, potatoes and onions. I, too, had to pick up a few things. We have plenty of deer, caribou, chicken, and lots and lots of fish to eat. So I got enough food to subsidize those items in our freezers.

We are also filling our tubs and totes with fresh water (though there will be lots of snow outside!), and digging out the propane heaters, propane stoves, etc.

We are also praying that everyone stays safe, and all of our houses stay intact.

11 comments:

Matt, Kara, Hunter and Cavan said...

Holy! Now that is going to be one heck of a storm. Stay warm and safe!

alaskapi said...

Sending best wishes from Southeast Alaska for all of you there in Kotzebue , Nome, and nearby to get through the storm safe and sound.

Rebecca said...

Good grief! Stay safe and warm. Although the warm part I doubt you'll have trouble with. All that nice warm stuff you sew will come in handy. :) Good luck!

Janice Bendixen said...

Yes l am praying for all my people from home to be in God's hand and that He will keep everyone safe.

bea's blog said...

This sounds really dramatic!
Stay safe and warm!
In case you have nothing to do while the storm is raging ;) in my blog I've some handycrafting ideas out...
Hope all goes well for you.
Best wishes from Europe
Beatrice
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gpc said...

Prayers for all your safety.

Jerald said...

Hunker down and stay safe.

Anita said...

Stay safe!

ps- have you read the Kate Shugack mystery series? I've recently gotten into it and between that and your blog I know a heck of a lot more about Alaska than I ever did. author is Dana Stabenow.

ERIKA said...

Duuuuuuuuuude. What a storm. Stay safe. XO

PS my word verification is 'wines' which makes me laugh.

bloomie said...

I've been reading about this storm - hope you're safe!

Laurie said...

I'm so glad I stumbled upon your blog. I've found it highly entertaining. And while I personally am not into hunting, and couldn't kill an animal to save my own life, I can appreciate and respect your way of life, which is so vastly different from my own.
Thanks for sharing your very rich life.

Laurie