This is an archive of the information provided on our homepage during the 2011 Bering Sea Storm.

Bering Sea Storm Information - At all times, put safety first.

LAST UPDATED: November 10, 2011 9:41pm

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On Thursday, November 10th at 10:00am, KNOM listeners participated in a special discussion on the Bering Sea storm on Sounding Board (KNOM's caller-driven talk show).

Although the show has passed, you're welcome to send us a comment on your experiences with the Bering Sea Storm.


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Nome Advisories

East Front St. Emergency Closure

The following is an emergency closure notice issued by the City of Nome on Wednesday, November 9, effective at 6:00am:

The City of Nome Emergency Managers announce the closure of East Front Street. The storm has tossed debris onto the roadway creating hazardous driving conditions. In addition, waves are launching fist-sized rocks and logs up to 2 feet in diameter onto the road way. These objects would cause injury to any person that was struck. These signs of beach erosion indicate that the Nome-Council highway is impassible.

Residents of Nome are reminded that overnight some electrical wires have fallen and may be live. Avoid all downed wires.

High winds continue to tear off roofing metal from houses. Avoid outdoor travel due to this potential to cause injury.

We will provide a status report in late morning after first light.

- Charlie Lean, Acting Incident Commander


Nome Evacuation Order

The following is an evacuation order issued by the City of Nome Emergency Operations Center on Tuesday, November 8:


The most recent weather update shows seas building to 15 feet by midnight and an accompanying storm surge of 7.5 feet resulting in a combined wave height of 22.5 feet at roughly 5 feet above the seawall, likely resulting in standing water and waves on Front Street.

Businesses and residents on the south side of Front Street, residents that live in low lying areas, Lower Belmont, Prospect Place, West F Street, Port Road, and along the coast [of] West Beach are strongly encouraged to evacuate by 6pm this evening [Tuesday, November 8].

This evacuation order is expected to remain in effect for 48 hours.


Nome Travel Advisory

The following is a travel advisory issued by the City of Nome Emergency Operations Center on Tuesday, November 8:

The Nome Emergency Operations Center strongly advises local residents to take shelter soon and stay off the highways. The weather forecasts project a rapid deterioration in weather this evening beginning at 6pm.

Snow, coastal flooding, and beach erosion will combine to make travel hazardous. Additionally, temperatures will rise to the mid 30s by tomorrow morning, creating slick roads and very low visibility. Please find a safe place to spend the next 36-48 hours.

Street closures will start at 4:30pm today [Tuesday] on anticipation of flooding on low lying streets. As follows:

  • West F Street
  • River Street
  • lower Prospect Place

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