"Alaska Braces for 'Epic' Storm; Evacuations Begin"

"ANCHORAGE -- An 'epic' storm was bearing down on western Alaska on Tuesday, the National Weather Service said, warning that it could be one of the worst on record for the state."

"The storm, moving inland from the Aleutian Islands, was expected to bring hurricane-force winds with gusts up to 100 miles per hour, heavy snowfall, widespread coastal flooding and severe erosion to most of Alaska's west coast, the National Weather Service said.

'This will be an extremely dangerous and life threatening storm of an epic magnitude rarely experienced,' the service said in a special warning message.

Nome and the rest of the Seward Peninsula, a section of land that juts out toward Siberia, were expected to be the hardest-hit areas, said Andy Brown, lead forecaster for the National Weather Service in Anchorage."

Yereth Rosen reports for Reuters November 8, 2011.

Source: Reuters, 11/09/2011