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Powerful storm sets new low pressure reading in Alaska

A powerful storm has set a new low pressure record for Alaska.
A powerful storm has set a new low pressure record for Alaska.(KTUU)
Published: Dec. 31, 2020 at 3:05 PM AKST
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - A large storm near the Aleutians broke the record for the lowest land-based pressure reading ever measured in Alaska by hitting 924.8 mb at 12:59 p.m. Alaska time at Shemya/Eareckson, AFB. The previous low pressure record was 925 mb set in October 1977 at Dutch Harbor, according to National Weather Service climate data. A buoy near Amchitka Island on the Pacific side recorded a sea height of 58.1 feet at about 2:50 p.m. Thursday.

The storm is weakening slowly as it moves into the Bering Sea.

High winds have battered the Central and Western Aleutians since early Thursday morning. Shemya AFB recorded a gust of 82.8 mph at 12:06 a.m. Amchitka saw a wind gust of 83 mph at 8:54 a.m. Thursday.

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