Alaska braces for historic storm, bringing flooding and high winds

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Alaskans were preparing for a powerful and historic storm on Saturday.

Forecasters have warned that impacts from the remnants of Typhoon Merbok could cause flooding, high waves, coastal erosion and power outages.

In the Bering Sea, hurricane-force winds were forecast.

In the communities of Elim and Koyuk, Alaska, water levels could reach up to 18 feet above the normal high tide line.

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Flood warnings were in effect through Monday for northwestern parts of the state.

The National Weather Service’s Fairbanks office said water from the “manual” storm had almost completely covered the old Golovin track and was still expected to rise a few feet.

The agency’s Twitter account in Alaska said the storm’s speed was slowing, which would not let high water levels drop soon after they peaked.

It comes as a low pressure system was expected to drop from the Gulf of Alaska and sit off the northern California coast, producing winds and rain on Saturday.

WEATHER PATTERN TO BRING RAIN AND THUNDERSTORMS ACROSS THE PLAINS

Heavy rain is possible over northern and central California on Sunday and Monday.

The rain will create localized areas of flash flooding, affecting areas that experience rapid runoff.

While wet weather is needed in the drought-stricken Golden State, the winds could potentially spread the Mosquito Fire.

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The Mosquito Fire is the state’s largest wildfire this year.

Little to no rain is expected across most of Southern California.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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