Weekend Winds Won’t Reach Last Year’s Levels

September winds in Anchorage and Southcentral Alaska may increase going into the weekend, but National Weather Service forecaster Christian Cassell says they won’t reach the intensity of last fall’s big storm.

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However, the heavy rain the region has been experiencing over the past month will get heavier late tonight. Cassell says the areas of most concern are Valdez and Cordova. He says rain will move in after midnight, but be especially heavy tomorrow afternoon.

“The good news is that it looks to only be like a six hour period of really intense rain, but it looks very intense,” Cassell said. “I mean we could be talking in a six hour period, in the mountains above Valdez and Cordova, six to ten inches and in Valdez and Cordova itself, maybe three to four inches in six hours, that’s pretty intense rainfall rates.”

Cassell says that rain will run off into swollen creeks and rivers, increasing the potential for floods.

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Lori Townsend is the News Director for Alaska Public Media. She has worked in print and broadcast journalism for nearly 30 years. Radio brought her to Alaska, where she worked as a broadcast trainer for Native fellowship students at Koahnic Broadcasting before accepting a reporting/host position with APRN in 2003. APRN merged with Alaska Public Media a year later. Through her freelance work, she has produced news and feature stories nationally and internationally for Independent Native News, National Native News, NPR , Pacifica, Monitor Radio, Radio Netherlands and AIROS. Townsend is the recipient of numerous awards for her work from the Alaska Press Club, the Native American Journalists Association and a gold and a silver reel award from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters.