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Typhoon Merbok Slams Alaska Causing Major Flooding

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What remained of Typhoon Merbok, a tropical cyclone that hit western Alaska on September 17, flooded communities and ruined infrastructure. Nome, a city of less than 10,000 people, reported water levels of more than 10 feet – the highest seen since 1974.

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The storm’s devastating effects on rural and Indigenous communities, many of which are only accessible by plane or barge, will make it more difficult for residents to receive medical treatment or stock up on food and fuel for the winter.

While Alaska is known to receive typhoon storms in the fall, Merbok was unusual due to the location in which it formed and its intensity early in the season. Experts believe that atypical warm water in the Pacific Ocean, east of Japan, allowed the storm to form.

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