October ’92: A superlative fall storm

October 5, 1992

The worst storm in eighteen years strikes Nome as a low-pressure center swells up a storm surge eight feet above normal with ten-foot waves above that.

Covered with flotsam and jetsam, Front Street – Nome’s main thoroughfare – is underwater, and where it runs along the beach, half of it is gone. Several roofs blow away.

Thanks to KNOM’s emergency generators, the station keeps residents calm and informed.

The mission’s facilities are undamaged.