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Pacific storm expected to bring rain, strong winds to Southcentral Alaska

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: August 11, 2018
  • Published August 11, 2018

Southcentral Alaska can expect strong winds and heavy rain through Monday as the remnants of a former typhoon sweep through the region, according to the National Weather Service.

"The system will impact Kodiak Island early Sunday morning first and move up Cook Inlet and into the inland areas by Sunday afternoon," the agency said in a special weather statement. Rain and gusty winds are expected for the areas of Cook Inlet and the Susitna Valley from Sunday afternoon to early Monday morning.

Gusts of 50 mph or greater were considered "likely" in the areas expected to see the strongest winds, Turnagain Arm and along the Copper River, forecasters said. The Knik River Valley and parts of Anchorage may see gusts around 40 mph, the weather service said.

The rainfall is expected to raise water levels in rivers and streams, with streams coming out of the Talkeetna Mountains in the Susitna Valley of greatest concern.

"These area streams will likely approach bankfull conditions by Sunday night and continue into Monday or Tuesday," the weather service said.

Meanwhile, water levels in Bear Glacier Lagoon in Kenai Fjords National Park near Seward "are high and expected to remain high through Sunday morning," the statement read.

"Persons traveling or recreating in the area are urged to remain alert for rising water levels, potential flooding, and iceberg movement over the next few days," the weather service said.

A small craft advisory was also issued for Prince William Sound, with conditions expected to reach 25-knot winds and 6-foot seas Sunday night. A gale warning for lower Cook Inlet described conditions reaching 35-knot winds and 11-foot seas Sunday afternoon and evening.

The former Typhoon Shanshan brushed along the coast of Japan earlier this week — but didn't make landfall — before moving farther northeast into the Pacific, according to The Weather Channel.

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