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Typhoon Nuri to batter Aleutian Islands

Super typhoon Nuri remains to bring cold to lower 48 states

November 7, 2014

An explosive storm surpassing the intensity of 2012’s Superstorm Sandy is expected to reach Alaska’s western Aleutian Islands over the weekend and bring unseasonably frigid temperatures to much of the U.S. next week.

The massive storm, with hurricane-force winds and waves 50 feet high, potentially could be one of the most intense to ever hit the North Pacific, weather service forecaster Brian Hurley warned.

What remains of Typhoon Nuri is moving northeast from off the Japanese coast and is mixing with cold air and the jet stream. It could arrive late Friday or Saturday before weakening in the Bering Sea, the National Weather Service said.

Officials are also closely watching the western coast of Alaska’s mainland, according to Jeremy Zidek, a spokesman for the state Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Fall storms routinely batter many coastal communities, and erosion has long been a problem.

While Sandy caused destruction along the urban East Coast, Nuri’s target in the north is a sparsely populated region with a few small communities that are accustomed to severe weather.

After ravaging the small western Alaska islands, the weather system, named Typhoon Nuri, is expected to push cold air into much of the lower 48 states next week, forecaster Bob Oravec said.

By the weekend, high temperatures in Minneapolis will only reach the upper 20s, and mid-30s are expected in Chicago- more than 15 degrees below normal for this time of year.

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