Enormous Storm Slams Alaska

The Bering Sea superstorm has begun. The west coast of Alaska is being hammered with hurricane-force winds, large waves, and blowing snow, and the conditions are expected to continue for most of the day. There are reports of roofs being blown off houses in Nome, and a seven-foot storm surge is expected to cause coastal erosion and flooding. The National Weather Service has been unequivocal in its warnings, issuing a bulletin saying, "This will be [an] extremely dangerous and life-threatening storm of an epic magnitude rarely experienced," and urging residents to take shelter.