August has a rainy grip on Alaska

Flood concerns for Southeast panhandle
Published: Aug. 17, 2022 at 7:25 PM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - An expansive area of low pressure is spinning over the state, bringing rain to numerous areas and pushing rivers and streams up, as all the water filters into the river systems.

From the northern part of the state, Brooks Range rains have prompted a special weather statement from the National Weather Service about rising water on rivers that drain the mountain range.

Wind advisories are up for the Yukon River region and surrounding uplands for southwest winds gusting 20 to 30 mph. The advisory goes through 6 p.m. Thursday. Another advisory is in place for the Deltana and Tanana flats, for south wind 15-25 mph, gusting up to 50 mph. And the winds get even stronger for the eastern Alaska Range, also under an advisory, as south winds bluster at 30-40 mph and gusts could hit 60.

The northern panhandle is watching its rivers as rains have pushed the Taiya river, near Skagway, to moderate flood stage and the water was continuing to rise.

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