JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Residents of Alaska’s vast and sparsely populated west coast braced Friday for a powerful storm that forecasters predicted could be one of the worst in recent history, threatening hurricane-force winds and heavy surf that could knock out power and cause a flood.

The storm is the remnants of what was Typhoon Merbok, which University of Alaska Fairbanks climate specialist Rick Toman said is also affecting weather far from Alaska — a rare late summer storm expected to bring rain this weekend in drought affected areas. California.

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