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Cpl. Barrett Taylor, a village public safety officer in Nelson Lagoon, saw ash falling early Monday.

"It was raining ash for a little bit," Taylor said. "It turned everything black, the rooftops, the fuel tanks, homes."

The ash was worse Tuesday, he said, because wind coming in off the ocean was whipping it around.

Ash coats village areas near erupting Alaska volcano

Does this mean from the ocean?

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off the ocean is a shortened form of off of the ocean, meaning the wind was moving from over the ocean onto the land (or ship or something that is not the ocean).

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