The remnants of Typhoon Nuri are expected to touch down on Alaska’s western Aleutian Islands and the Bering Sea this weekend. Weather forecasters are predicting a brutal landfall that will supposedly exceed the strength of Superstorm Sandy, which hit the eastern seaboard in 2012.
According to the AP, Typhoon Nuri began its path to Alaska from the coast of Japan, moving northeast and adding cold air and a jet stream, which will contribute to Hurricane-like force winds and waves up to 50 feet high. The National Weather Service expects the remnants of Typhoon Nuri to hit Alaska’s coast and areas of far eastern Russia between late Friday evening and Saturday.
A report by Mashable estimates that the storm will reach speeds of nearly 200 miles per hour when it reaches the North Pacific. The storm is expected to weaken as the weekend progresses and to move toward more populated areas of Alaska. Some flooding is also expected in coastal areas of western and Southwestern Alaska. Still, damages are still expected to be mostly concentrated in the Aleutians.
The winds will continue toward the continental U.S. and are expected to cause frigid temperatures next week.