By Jeff King
A monster storm is bearing down on the Bering Sea. A storm described as “explosive” and stronger in intensity than Superstorm Sandy is expected to make landfall in the western Aleutian Islands this weekend.
While Maui and all of Hawai’i will not feel the direct effects of the storm, we will undoubtedly get swells and waves that could potentially cause significant coastal damage. If the current intensity and direction maintain, Hawai’i could experience a giant swell by next Thursday or Friday along north and west shores. Within the storm, forecasters say waves at sea could top 50 feet. Winds are already at hurricane force. The storm is actually the still-typhoon-strength Typhoon Nuri that has expanded in speed, strength and intensity since skirting the northeast Japanese coast.
When the storm makes landfall tonight or tomorrow, it is expected to weaken slightly but still remain vary dangerous. Hurricane-force winds are being fueled by the jet stream with even more cold air. Once ashore, the storm is expected to widen, slow down and forge a massive arctic blast that will send temperatures plummeting throughout the mainland US.
Forecaster Brian Hurley of the National Weather Service says this could be the most intense storm to ever hit the North Pacific. Unfazed, however, fishermen and crabbers at sea plan to stay there and hunker down til the maelstrom subsides. For a visual reference, the storm is roaring through the same region as Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch” reality series.
(The Associated Press contributed to this story)