- an abnormal rise in the level of the sea along a coast caused by the onshore winds of a severe cyclone.
Also called storm·tide, surge.
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Examples from the Web for storm surge
After Hurricane Sandy, the NWS concluded that it should use similarly evocative language for storm-surge warnings.Be Afraid: The Future of Tornado Warnings
May 22, 2013
Among the conclusions: the NOAA needs more than one storm-surge modeler and a better social media strategy.NOAA Examines Sandy Response
May 15, 2013
- See tidal wave.
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