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Typhoon Merbok Propelled by Warm Seas

Typhoon Merbok struck the western shore of Alaska on Sept. 17, 2022. Due to unusually warm ocean temperatures, Merbok was born near Japan, where typhoons that strike Alaska rarely begin, and propelled eastward to become one of the worst storms on record to hit the state. 

Typhoon Merbok Propelled by Warm Seas   ©The Earth & I
  1. As Merbok moved eastward toward Alaska, its waves surpassed 50 feet in the nearby Bering Sea.

  2. Water levels near Nome, Alaska, were 10.52 feet above the low tide line. That height was only surpassed once before, by the worst storm on record in November 1974