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(NEW YORK) — A massive typhoon is expected to batter the entire western half of Alaska late Friday and Saturday, with wave heights close to 50 feet in the Aleutian Islands.

Typhoon Nuri is packing hurricane-force winds that reached 180 miles per hour at its peak while barreling through the Bering Sea, and parts of the islands have already sustained winds of 40 miles per hour.

The storm could be one of the most intense to ever strike the North Pacific, and is expected to be far stronger than Hurricane Sandy, which devastated the northeast in 2012.

Nuri is so strong it will alter the jet stream, triggering a cold front throughout the rest of the country next week.

Arctic air will slide down to Canada and the lower 48 states, bringing snow into Minneapolis and the rest of the Midwest Sunday night through Tuesday.

The freeze will spread into Texas on Wednesday and make its way to the east coast by Thursday or Friday.

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