Weather service expands high-wind warning to entire Anchorage Bowl

The National Weather Service has expanded a high-wind warning to the whole Anchorage Bowl, after issuing a previous warning about conditions on Turnagain Arm and the Anchorage Hillside.

The warning is from 7 p.m. Monday night until 7 a.m. Tuesday. It also includes Eagle River and Eklutna, though conditions are expected to be windier in southern area of the forecast.

The weather service said that wind could gust up to 75 mph along Turnagain Arm, and at higher elevations. In Anchorage, gusts of up to 60 mph are expected.

"These high winds will create difficult driving conditions on the Seward Highway along Turnagain Arm ... especially for large recreational vehicles," the weather service said in a statement posted Monday.

The weather service also encouraged residents to secure loose property kept outdoors, like lawn furniture.

It said that moderate to heavy rain is also expected Monday night.

Meteorologist Eddie Zingone said that the conditions would not be nearly as severe as they were in Anchorage’s damaging windstorm in September, 2012. In that storm, the weather service recorded gusts of 88 mph at McHugh Creek, and reported one unofficial measurement of 131 mph in the Glen Alps Area.

Windy weather is normal this time of year, Zingone said.

“It’s another Labor Day, and another breezy situation,” he said. “Once we hit September, this is pretty typical.”



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