Unusually Strong Storm More Typical During Winter Months

An unusually strong wind storm is affecting a huge swath of Southcentral Alaska. The storm stretches from Adak in the south and west to Big Delta in the eastern Interior.

In Anchorage, the National Weather Service is predicting the high winds to peak around midnight with gusts of up to 100 miles per hour on the hillside and 60 miles per hour in east Anchorage. National Weather Service forecaster Dave Snider calls it a potent system and says it’s comparable to a tropical storm.

Snider says the strongest winds are predicted to move through the region relatively quickly. But he says the Anchorage area could still see wind gusts between 30 and 40 miles per hour into Wednesday evening and Thursday morning.  The storm warning is in effect until 5:00 a.m. Wednesday morning.

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Annie Feidt is the Managing Editor for Alaska's Energy Desk, a collaboration between Alaska Public Media in Anchorage, KTOO Public Media in Juneau and KUCB in Unalaska. Her reporting has taken her searching for polar bears on the Chukchi Sea ice, out to remote checkpoints on the Iditarod Trail, and up on the Eklutna Glacier with scientists studying its retreat. Her stories have been heard nationally on NPR and Marketplace. Annie’s career in radio journalism began in 1998 at Minnesota Public Radio, where she produced the regional edition of All Things Considered. She moved to Anchorage in 2004 with her husband, intending to stay in the 49th state just a few years. She has no plans to leave anytime soon. afeidt (at) alaskapublic (dot) org  |  907.550.8443 | About Annie