A couple stand in front of flooded River Street in Nome, Alaska, on Wednesday. High winds and surging waves pummeled Alaska's western coast, forcing residents of Nome and isolated native villages to seek higher ground inland. (Associated Press)

A couple stand in front of flooded River Street in Nome, Alaska, on Wednesday. High winds and surging waves pummeled Alaska's western coast, forcing residents of Nome and isolated native villages to seek higher ground inland. (Associated Press)