WEEK OF STORMS YIELDS WIDESPREAD FLOODING

High winds and heavy rains have caused high water around Southcentral Alaska since an atmospheric "fire hose" began dumping moisture on the wind-lashed region over the weekend. Most of the region has come through it with limited damage and light flooding. But on Wednesday at 1:15 p.m., an official state of emergency was issued in the Western Prince William Sound community of Seward, due to continued high wind, heavy rains and extensive flooding.

Seward city officials have set up an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at the City Council Chambers and are urging residents to limit travel and stay home if possible. High wind and rain have caused localized flooding, inundated roadways and cut power, and more severe weather is in the forecast.

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