Major storm lashes Alaska's coast, water surges

By REUTERS
November 10, 2011 01:59

 
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A storm forecast to be one of the worst on record in Alaska lashed the state's western coastline on Wednesday, tearing roofs off buildings and sending surges of water and debris into communities, authorities said.

The storm, which began hitting Alaska late on Tuesday after building over the North Pacific Ocean, brought winds measured at up to 89 miles (143 km) per hour and early flooding to the remote communities and Native villages along the coastline.

There have been no reports of injuries, and damage has been caused largely by wind and includes reports of downed power lines and tin roofs blown off homes, said Andy Brown, lead forecaster for the National Weather Service in Anchorage, the state's largest city.

Water surges of 2.13 to 2.74 meters are expected to peak in the afternoon, Brown said.

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