Kaktovik digs out after frigid buries Arctic community
The North Slope village of Kaktovik, on the shores of the Beaufort Sea, is recovering from a Saturday night blizzard that packed frozen, hurricane-force winds and sent dumpsters tumbling like dice, residents said.
“It was the worst I’ve ever seen,” said Flora Rexford, who has lived in Kaktovik all her life. “Dumpsters were flying around.”
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National Weather Service meteorologists say they don’t know exactly how strong Saturday’s winds were -- because weather equipment broke during the storm.
On a personal note, I saw weather like that in the Aleutians. You know those square-based, round-topped dumpsters? You may not remember; apparently they're so old fashioned that I can't even find a picture of one. Imagine a square base about five feet on a side, with a smaller half-cylinder on top, with openings on either end of the cylinders.
Those got turned over in a couple of windstorms that pushed cars around in the parking lot, and sent a few VW Beetles airborne.