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Typhoon that blasted Japan morphs into rainy, windy autumn storm for Southwest Alaska

  • Author: Anna Rose MacArthur, KYUK
  • Updated: September 11, 2019
  • Published September 11, 2019

Screen shot from the National Weather Service Anchorage Office on September 11, 2019, showing current hazards. Darker purple means storm or gale warning.

BETHEL -- A fall storm over the Bering Sea is expected to hit the coasts of the Kuskokwim Delta and Bristol Bay on Wednesday.

The National Weather Service predicts that the storm will strike hardest on Wednesday with driving winds and heavy rainfall, and taper into showers and breezes by Thursday.

The strongest winds are expected to sweep across the Kuskokwim Delta on Wednesday morning, with winds from the south up to 60 mph. In the hub city of Bethel, upstream on the Kuskokwim River, the winds should reach their strongest point between midday and evening.

Rainfall over the next two days could reach 1 to 2 inches, with the heaviest rain along the coast. National Weather Service meteorologist Jason Ahsenmacher says coastal areas could experience a minor surge Thursday causing minimal erosion.

The energy and moisture of the storm is coming from Typoon Faxai, which made landfall in Japan on Monday.

This article originally appeared at and is republished here with permission.

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