Communities at the mouth of the Kuskokwim and Yukon rivers could see up to three feet of water later today with an incoming Bering Sea storm. Bill Whittern is a meteorological technician for the National Weather Service in Bethel.
“Some of the low lying areas, three feet will probably give some of the coastal areas a problem, said Whittern. “But I think three feet is pretty low compared to what we’ve had in the past for beach erosion. It would be in the very low lying areas the coastal flooding would be.”
There is a coastal flood warning in effect through Friday. There could be some additional water coming up the river to Bethel if the front passes through exactly at high tide, but Whittern is not expecting that.
“With the main body of the storm moving into Russia the only thing coming through would be the frontal system here for Bethel. It might be moving pretty fast. It could be a very short lived event.”
With the passage of the front, Bethel can expect winds gusting to 35 miles per hour, with mixed rain and snow. Jeremy Zidek, with the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, says the state has not received any reports of damage around the state at this time.