Epic Storm Slams Western Alaska - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Epic Storm Slams Western Alaska

KHQ.COM - Police in Nome report roof damage to homes, but otherwise the small Alaska city appears to be making it through the huge storm sweeping the state's western coastline.

Communications officer Zane Brown says the height of snow and hurricane-force winds hit at about 2 a.m. He says Nome continues to prepare for a possible Bering Sea surge at high tide later in the morning, but so far damage is minimal.

Brown says a voluntary evacuation moved residents from beachfront businesses and homes to shelters at a community center and a church.

Planning section chief Mark Roberts of the state emergency operations center tells KTUU-TV that west coast communities were reporting isolated power and communications interruptions. But he says it's too early for a complete picture of damage.

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