Two sentiments being expressed from coastal communities after the storm and ocean surges have subsided are relief and the importance of being prepared and organized.
North of Unalakleet, the village of Shaktoolik appears to have weathered the storm well. Shaktoolik Mayor Eugene Asicksik heads the emergency command center there. He says in the village things are returning to normal.
Another storm is brewing for Southwest Alaska. It comes on the heels of damaging strong winds experienced over the last two days.
The Bering sea storm hammering Alaska's western coast has moved off toward Russia, but Don Moore with the National Weather Service says a smaller storm is rotating around it.
Communities on Alaska's west coast are still being battered by a huge storm. The national weather service says the intensity of the storm can be compared to a category 3 hurricane. Wind gusts up to almost 90 miles per hour were recorded in some communities over night. Now, villages are dealing with rising water.
The Alaska Village Electric Cooperative is reporting few outages after Tuesday night's storm. Meera Kohler is the President and CEO of AVEC, she says there is a power outage currently in Tununak.
The storm isn’t over, but the worst appears to have passed for many communities along Alaska’s west coast. A monster storm packing hurricane force winds and high seas came out of the Bering Sea this week, causing places from Unalakleet to Point Hope to brace for the worst.
After weathering a stormy night, the fishing vessel Rebecca Irene is on its way back to Unalaska. The 140-foot catcher-processor lost power in one engine on Tuesday morning, leaving it stranded in open ocean as the massive weather front hitting western Alaska moved in.
The worst of the high winds and snow have diminished in western Alaska but the storm isn't over. The National Weather Service is expecting storm surges to begin affecting communities this afternoon, which could cause flooding. Jerry Steiger is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Nome. He says the community had minor coastal flooding overnight, and some structures sustained wind damage.
The worst of the Bering Sea storm is not over. At least for the Northwest part of the state, says the National Weather Service. Meteorologist Don Moore, says the danger now is storm surge and flooding.