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Posted Thu Nov 10 2011: from Anchorage Daily News:
Alaskan 'hurricane' generates 10'+ storm surge, 30' waves
At its peak, the storm surge and high tide rose seas about 10 feet above normal water levels tonight, Kearney said. "The sea level will remain steady into the early morning hours and then start to come down tomorrow morning." To the east of Nome, in Norton Sound, peak water levels were expected to arrive later tonight with the Weather Service warning of "significant impacts" in the village of Golovin.... Winds of 93 mph were clocked late Tuesday and early Wednesday on Diomede.... Two anemometers on the island measured the hurricane-force blasts.... But "by the time it got light it was obvious that there were serious problems. We just didn't appreciate what we were experiencing until we saw it." Waves over 30 feet high wiped everything off the whole southern portion of the island, Schmitt said. Heavy equipment and at least two metal Connex storage units were claimed by the water. A Connex weighs about 2,500 pounds empty, he said. One of the units was full of steel. It was rolled into a mangled mess. An empty Connex was washed away along with other supplies and equipment, Schmitt said. "The old man of the sea's got 'em now."
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