A Korean storm is sweeping toward Alaska. No, that doesn't mean Korean pop sensation Psy and his suddenly-ubiquitous song "Gangnam Style." This storm is much less exciting, the remnants of a so-called "super typhoon" headed across the Pacific and zeroing in on Alaska. Tagging along are what forecasters have dubbed an "atmospheric river" of rough weather conditions.
The storm predicted for Southcentral Alaska this past weekend mostly fizzled compared to the devastating windstorm that knocked out power to tens of thousands of residents of Anchorage. Despite Hillside winds that exceeded 100 mph by some measures, the weekend storm mostly caused sporadic outages around the Anchorage Bowl and the Kenai Peninsula and some minor flooding along Chester Creek in Anchorage. The Interior also saw some damage from high winds that knocked trees over onto houses and pulled down utility lines.
Now, the National Weather Service has issued another warning of similar conditions headed for Southcentral Alaska. Heavy rains and high winds are predicted to begin Tuesday and carry into Wednesday. The winds look about the same -- predicted gusts of up to 65 mph could blow through Anchorage, with up to 100 mph winds possible along Turnagain Arm and the upper Hillside.
Accompanying the wind will likely be more heavy rain, following high levels of precipitation over the weekend that put several rivers at higher-than-normal levels. The hardest-hit areas were around Prince William Sound, where between three and six inches of rain fell, causing flooding concerns in the communities of Valdez and Cordova.
The National Weather Service advises people to be wary if outdoors around rivers or streams as the latest storm system passes through. A flood watch is in effect for Eastern Prince William Sound.
"With several local rivers and streams already at or near minor flood stage across the region, more flooding is probable Tuesday night through Thursday," the National Weather Service reports.
Keep up to date on the latest developments in your area, at the webpage for the National Weather Service in Alaska.