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For a while there was a warning Wednesday that the barreling storm could get worse. So villagers started performing the traditional Eskimo dances they do during whaling season, when they are seeking good weather. Just before 10 p.m., they got word that the warning had been cancelled, Miss Sears said.

Kivalina, 75 miles down the coast, got a “good surge from the ocean,” said village spokeswoman Colleen Swan. But mornings are very dark and the extent of flooding was not known beyond water washing over the village dump site and on the beach, she said.

• AP writer Mark Thiessen contributed to this report.