An “epic” storm is bearing down on western Alaska last night and today, and the National Weather Service warns that it could be one of the worst on record for the state. It brings back memories of the infamous storm that ravaged Nome and environs when in October 2004 when we lived up there. I dug around my archives and found a couple shots of the east end of Nome’s Front Street just after the storm had passed, littered with driftwood and large rocks. The present storm is expected to bring hurricane-force winds with gusts up to 100 miles per hour, along with heavy snowfall. Sea levels are expected to rise by up to 10 feet, and widespread coastal flooding and severe erosion along most of Alaska’s west coast is expected. According to the National Weather Service, this will be an extremely dangerous and life-threatening storm of an epic magnitude rarely experienced. I keep my fingers crossed for everybody to stay safe up there.