After a massive storm brought storm surge and flooding across hundreds of miles of Western Alaska coastline, officials with the National Weather Service say they expect the worst of the wind has passed, reports Alaska Public Media. The storm is the remnants of what was Typhoon Merbok.
National Weather Service meteorologist Jonathan Chriest says winds from the storm have largely peaked, with areas near the Chukchi Sea and Kotzebue Sound peaking this afternoon. Areas near Nome and the Norton Sound moving south to the Lower Yukon River felt the brunt of the weekend storm, with heavy flooding and hundreds of people sheltering in schools.
Gov. Mike Dunleavy issued a disaster declaration Saturday morning for affected communities. So far, the state said it had received no reports of injuries or deaths related to the storm.