Despite falling back to earth, what remains of Typhoon Nuri still poses a threat to the northern regions of the Pacific Northwest.
Currently rated as a tropical storm, Nuri once has sustained winds reaching nearly 180 mph when in the South Pacific, is passing to the east of Japan, sparing the island country of most of its fury.
However, forecasters are predicting Nuri will gain strength again in the North Pacific after mixing with cold air from the jet stream enroute to the western Aleutian Islands off of Alaska where is will pound the tiny islands with sustained gale-force winds.
Weather service forecaster Brian Hurley told Yahoo News, that the storm potentially could be one of the most intensive to ever hit the North Pacific, surpassing the intensity of 2012’s Superstorm Sandy in terms of force.
Nuri’s winds, predicted to reach up to 100 mph at their peak gusts, can churn the ocean into producing wave heights of nearly 50 feet at average; peaking at much higher numbers.
According to the Washington Post, The previous low-pressure record for Alaska is 927 mb, recorded at Dutch Harbor in 1977. If this storm ramps up into an intensity that previous forecasts have suggested, it could also rival the lowest extratropical pressure on record for any location – 913 mb, which was set in the North Sea east of Scotland in 1993.
Despite the intensity of the storm, most of the fury will occur offshore. Nuri is not expected to leave much land-damage in her wake, but will bring frigid air to the lower 48 states over the next week.