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Super storm pounding Alaska

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Satellite image of the storm crossing the Aleutian Islands (NERC Satellite Receiving Station, Dundee University, Scotland) Satellite image of the storm crossing the Aleutian Islands (NERC Satellite Receiving Station, Dundee University, Scotland)
Center of the storm and its associated features (Credit: Facebook/Ocean Prediction Center) Center of the storm and its associated features (Credit: Facebook/Ocean Prediction Center)
The projection shows a large area of 50-60 foot waves associated with the storm (Credit: Facebook/Ocean Prediction Center) The projection shows a large area of 50-60 foot waves associated with the storm (Credit: Facebook/Ocean Prediction Center)
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Parts of Alaska are bracing for direct hit from the most intense storms they have seen since 1979.

Storms in the North Pacific have a history of being wild, but today this giant storm is crossing the Aleutian Islands with hurricane force winds of 74 mph and 62 foot waves.

According to David Snider of the National Weather Service in Alaska, this super storm is one of the largest recorded in the north Pacific. It stretches over 1400 miles wide. That's the distance from Denver to New York City.

Analysts at Weatherbell Analytics measured it's pressure at 932 mb which would be considered a category 4 hurricane if the system were tropical in nature.

The storm is also unique in that it went through a very rapid intensification with a pressure drop of more than 48 mb in 24 hours making it more intense than Hurricane Sandy.

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