storm warning

[ stawrm-wawr-ning ]
/ ˈstɔrm ˌwɔr nɪŋ /
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a prominently displayed object, as a flag or lantern, or clearly audible sound, as from a horn or siren, that signals the expected arrival of a storm: As we speak, the island’s harbor masters are calling for storm warnings to be hoisted up every available flagpole.
Meteorology. a notification by the National Weather Service of anticipated or occurring winds with sustained speeds of 48 knots (55 miles per hour, 25 meters per second) to 63 knots (73 miles per hour, 32 meters per second), or frequent gusts within that range, and not directly associated with a tropical cyclone. Compare hurricane warning, warning (def. 3).
any sign or indication of approaching trouble, adversity, unrest, etc.: The arrival of troops at the border was an ominous storm warning.I could easily interpret that look on Mom’s face as a storm warning for me and my brother.



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Origin of storm warning

First recorded in 1865–70
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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
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