Evacuation of residents, opens on power lines and dangerous situation on the roads caused a powerful storm on the west coast of the U.S. state of Alaska. Squally wind speed gusts which sometimes reaches 143 km per hour, tears roofs of houses, knocks the window, knocks down power line poles. Such violence of the elements in Alaska last occurred in November 1974, said on Wednesday the U.S. National Weather Service.
The most difficult was the situation in the city of Nome, where about 3600 people. His power is broken half of a day, the residents of homes at risk of flooding due to the storm at sea, are moving into temporary shelters opened in the school buildings and government offices. Evacuation helicopters considered too dangerous because of bad weather. No injuries have been reported yet.
Wind, gaining hurricane force, raise the air stones "the size of a fist" and other objects that could cause injury when hit man, authorities said Nome. They estimate that travel by car on the road is dangerous because of the storm and foreign objects on the track.
However the U.S. Coast Guard keeps ready helicopters and boats in case of need for urgent assistance to the fishermen involved in fishing crabs. Staff also began to operate emergency management operations in the U.S. Air Force base Elmendorf-Richardson near Anchorage, the state's largest city. Risk of flooding threatens 18 Alaska Native villages, ITAR-TASS reported.
Feature revelry of elements, a common occurrence in the winter in Alaska, is that the sea had not yet covered with ice. It is formed in the beginning of December and is a natural shoreline protection from storms in the Bering and Chukchi seas.