A powerful storm in the Bering Sea could bring hurricane-force winds and 40- to 50-foot waves into Alaska’s Aleutian Islands Friday into Saturday, and deep sea fishermen and remote towns are preparing.

Although Western Alaska is no stranger to intense storms, meteorologists have warned that mariners shouldn’t take any chances, Alaska’s kucb.org reports.

The storm’s path includes a busy maritime route for cargo ships traveling to or from Asia, as well as the red king crab fishery made famous by the Discovery Channel reality show “Deadliest Catch.” Vessels are finding protected harbors or moving away from the path, according to Brett Farrell with the Marine Exchange of Alaska, a nonprofit maritime organization. No one in their right mind would stick around that area, he said.

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