Alaska faces severe storm with less ice to protect its coasts

ClimateWire: A rare and powerful storm hit the western coast of Alaska yesterday, battering communities from the Aleutian Islands to the Bering Sea with rain, snow, strong waves and hurricane-force winds. As the storm began to move out last night, the National Weather Service warned that a lack of sea ice along Alaska's shoreline left some villages more vulnerable to severe coastal erosion and flooding from storm surge. One area of concern is the tiny village of Kivalina, an Inupiat Eskimo whaling community......

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