Today at school an urgent weather warning was emailed to our school emails by our district office. I thought this might be interesting for all of the folks back home who don't have to worry about coastal warnings:
INCLUDING...MOUNTAIN VILLAGE...EMMONAK...ALAKANUK...KOTLIK...PILOT STATION...ST MARYS...SCAMMON BAY (that's me)...MARSHALL...NUNAM IQUA... PITKAS POINT
...COASTAL FLOOD WARNING NOW IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM TUESDAY TO MIDNIGHT AKST WEDNESDAY NIGHT...
* LOCATION...WEST FACING COAST OF BERING STRAIT COAST FROM CAPE ROMANZOF TO POINT ROMANOF.
* IMPACTS...MAJOR COASTAL FLOODING AND SEVERE BEACH EROSION IS EXPECTED. TIDES ARE EXPECTED TO BE AS HIGH AS 8 TO 9 FEET ABOVE NORMAL. MAXIMUM WIND SPEEDS ARE EXPECTED TO BE NEAR 60 MPH...WITH HIGHER GUSTS.
* TIMING...WINDS AND SEAS WILL INCREASE RAPIDLY TUESDAY AFTERNOON. MAJOR COASTAL FLOODING AND SEVERE BEACH EROSION AND EXPECTED TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT.
A COASTAL FLOOD WARNING MEANS THAT RISING SEA WATER THAT CAUSES FLOODING IS EXPECTED. THIS WILL BE ONE OF THE MOST SEVERE STORMS ON RECORD. COASTAL RESIDENTS IN THE WARNED AREA NEED TO BEGIN TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS NOW TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY...AND BE ON THE ALERT FOR RISING WATER LEVELS. DO NOT DELAY IN TAKING NEEDED PRECAUTIONS FOR THIS UNUSUALLY SEVERE AND LIFE THREATENING STORM.