Residents of Nome, Alaska and other isolated villages along the west coast were prepared Wednesday morning for what forecasters have described as an “epic” storm system churning in the Bering Sea. Many residents along the coast had already made their way to shelters while others had boarded up windows and moved valuable possessions to a higher point in their home in case of flooding.
Forecasters with the National Weather Service said the storm will bring hurricane-force winds, heavy snow fall and widespread coastal flooding. A seven-foot rise in sea levels is predicted.
By Wednesday morning there were reports of flooding and roof damage in Nome. Power outages were also reported along the coast. Authorities said the full extent of damage is not yet known.
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