Heavy rain, wind expected to hit Southeast Alaska
Heavy rain, high winds and dangerous seas are expected across the eastern Gulf of Alaska and throughout Southeast Alaska Thursday night and Friday, as a strong storm system moves in from the west.
A High Wind Watch was issued by the National Weather Service for Friday afternoon for Cape Decision to the Salisbury Sound coast area, including Sitka. South winds of 20 to 30 mph will become west winds of 30 to 40 mph with gusts to 60 mph.
Petersburg and Ketchikan can expect winds from the southeast of 20 to 30 mph with gusts near 40 mph.
In addition to the high winds, much of the Southeast will see between two and five inches of rain. Localized flooding could become a concern.
Off shore, the National Weather Service has issued Storm Warnings and Gale Warnings for much of the eastern Gulf, as storm force westerlies and seas over 20 feet are likely.
Stay tuned to the KTVA Weather Team for updates as this storm moves through the Southeast.