Damage in Alaska – Historic storm leaves trail of destruction

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Aftermath of Typhoon Merbok devastated Alaska’s west coast last weekend. The historic storm brought gale-force winds and heavy rainfall. Countless houses have been flooded or torn from their foundations. No deaths or injuries have been reported so far.

The National Weather Service issued coastal flood warnings starting Friday, stretching from parts of southwestern Alaska to the coast of the Chukchi Sea in northwest the largest and least populous US state.

Cleanup work should begin in Alaska in time for winter. It is feared that the severe storm has also accelerated coastal erosion, which is already threatening villages and indigenous communities.

Worst floods in 50 years
Meteorologists from the National Weather Service in Fairbanks predicted the storm could cause the worst coastal flooding in five decades. Authorities began investigating and assessing damage to roads, ports and dams on Tuesday.

The state emergency center is staffed with military personnel, the government and volunteers.

Source: Krone

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