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storm warning

a showing of storm signals.
Meteorology. a National Weather Service warning of winds having speeds of 48 knots (55 mph, 25 m/sec) or greater.
Compare hurricane warning, warning (def 3).
any sign of approaching trouble:
The troops on the border were a storm warning, and we prepared for war. His angry look was a storm warning.
Origin of storm warning
First recorded in 1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The ports are indicated where storm warning signals are displayed.

    Nautical Charts G. R. Putnam
  • At two o'clock in the afternoon the radio operator received a storm warning for a nor'wester.

    The Boy With the U. S. Life-Savers Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • A storm warning, or reasonable prediction of a gale from the inferences of observed meteorological instruments and phenomena.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
British Dictionary definitions for storm warning

storm warning

a pattern of lights, flags, etc, displayed at certain ports as a warning to shipping of an approaching storm
an announcement on radio or television of an approaching storm
any warning of approaching danger or trouble
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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