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Devastating floods from Typhoon Merbok soak coastal Alaska

Coastal Alaska is recovering on Monday (Sept. 19) after a weekend of dramatic flooding caused by the remnants of Typhoon Merbok. 

The storm brought flooding to coastal communities, impacting 1,000 miles (1,609 kilometers) of coastline, Alaska governor Mike Dunleavy said at a news conference on Sunday (Sept. 18), and hundreds of people huddled in temporary shelters on Saturday (Sept. 17), according to Alaska Public Media (opens in new tab). Roads were washed out and homes were damaged by winds gusting near 70 mph (114 km/hour), CBS News reported (opens in new tab). In Nome, at least one home was torn from its foundations and seen floating down a river. 

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