Storm system brings hurricane-force wind gusts to Aleutians
Update on Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 5:45 p.m.
The National Weather Service says a massive storm system that hit communities along the Aleutian chain has moved on, heading eastward towards Kodiak.
The storm peaked around 6 a.m. with a recorded gust of 79 mph at the Unalaska Airport, according to the NWS’ website. As of 6 p.m., winds had died down to 25 mph with gusts of 45 mph.
The Unalaska School District cancelled classes Wednesday because of the storm, KUCB reported. Damages in the area included blown-out windows, damaged roofs and traffic lights. One person was treated for an eye injury after a window imploded, according to KUCB.
NWS officials say no alerts are currently in place for Kodiak and surrounding communities, but the storm is still expected to “pack a punch.”
Update on Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 12:15 p.m.
The storm is currently moving through the eastern Aleutians and will cross the Alaska Peninsula later today. Hurricane-force wind gusts have been reported with the storm. Unalaska and Dutch Harbor have both reported wind gusts upwards of 80 mph. Multiple wind gusts of up to 90 mph have been recorded in Akutan — that’s as strong as a category 1 hurricane.
Damage to roofs is being reported in Unalaska. Streetlights and road signs have also been blown down, and dumpsters have been rolled over by the strong winds, according to local law enforcement. In Akutan, materials at a construction site were blown away by winds.
High winds will continue throughout the afternoon until the area of low pressure moves into the Gulf of Alaska and heads east.
ANCHORAGE – A powerful storm headed toward the western Alaska Peninsula and Aleutians Islands is expected to bring hurricane-force winds and high seas Tuesday evening into Wednesday.
Communities in the path of this storm include St. George, St. Paul, Atka, Adak, Unalaska, Nikolski, Cold Bay and Sand Point.
A high wind warning goes into effect at 9 p.m. Tuesday for the Central Aleutians and at 9 a.m. Wednesday for the Alaska Peninsula. Winds of 55-75 mph are expected, with gusts of 80-100 mph possible.
The same weather system is expected to bring heavy, wet snow and high winds to the Pribilof Islands through 12 p.m. Wednesday, according to a statement from the National Weather Service.
A hurricane-force wind warning goes in effect from 9 p.m. Tuesday to 3 p.m. Wednesday for marine waters stretching from Seguam Island eastward to Cape Sarichef. Wind gusts of 100-plus mph and seas of 30-45 feet will be possible at times as this storm moves through.
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