“It really saved us from the first hit that came in this morning,” one resident said.
The destruction covers hundreds of miles and dozens of communities, and each will likely have a unique set of damages and recovery needs.
Widespread flooding has many sheltering in schools in Western Alaska communities. Chevak reportedly has lost most of its fishing fleet, and Newtok’s riverbank eroded 10-20 feet overnight.
Officials are urging people in Western Alaska to make last-minute preparations and check on neighbors who might need help.
The storm could be just as damaging as the 2011 Bering Sea superstorm and have similar coastal flood impacts.
Areas long known for their up-close glacier views are expected to be drastically different in the future, in Kenai Fjords National Park and elsewhere.
The goal of the fuel inspections is simple: prevent a catastrophic oil spill that would make its way into Y-K Delta rivers.
The first discovery of destructive European green crabs at Annette Island is spurring action to prevent damage to Southeast Alaska’s natural marine ecosystem.
A Michigan hunter suffered severe injuries when he was mauled by a grizzly bear during a hunting trip near Glennallen on Tuesday, according to Alaska State Troopers.
The plants can better adapt to new locations when the weather is cool and they are finished blooming.