12:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 7, Alaska time: The northernmost state in the country could end up with its own version of Superstorm Sandy come the weekend.
The remnants of former Super Typhoon Nuri, now an extratropical cold-core low, is rapidly moving northeast through the Aleutian islands toward the Bering Sea, still packing sustained 50-mph winds and 70-mph gusts, according to several meteorological agency Web sites.
AccuWeather.com reports that Alaska could see hurricane-force winds, 45-foot seas and a storm surge for western Alaska, similar to what hit and devastated parts of Long Island when Sandy crashed ashore in October 2012. The National Weather Service is warning of gusts between 80 and 100 mph in the westernmost Aleutians late Friday into Saturday and peak waves along the west coast of Alaska could be well higher than 45 feet, The Washington Post reported.
Nuri could become the most powerful storm to impact the Bering Sea in terms of central air pressure, AccuWeather.com reported. The current record is 925 millibars from a storm that moved over the Bering Sea in October 1977. The lowest air pressure from any extratropical northern storm on record is 913 millibars, set in 1993 in the North Sea east of Scotland.
2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3, Japan time: Nuri is still not forecast to threaten Okinawa, or any land mass, for that matter; Joint Typhoon Warning Center takes Nuri’s forecast track well east of Okinawa and south of the Kanto Plain through this week.
But if it reaches peak intensity as forecast by the JTWC, Nuri, already a super typhoon, could become the strongest storm ever recorded – even stronger than Haiyan which devastated the central Philippines last November.
JTWC projects Nuri to peak Monday evening at 196-mph sustained winds and 236-mph gusts, equivalent to a super-strong Category 5 hurricane. Though projections keep Nuri well away from land, PST has a sharp eye on it.