Definition of storm surge in English:

storm surge


  • A rising of the sea as a result of wind and atmospheric pressure changes associated with a storm.

    • ‘A storm surge at high tide destroyed the dukes and killed more than 1800 people.’
    • ‘My mother insists the storm was so fierce a tidal wave came ashore, not just a storm surge.’
    • ‘We're going to have to deal with the storm surge, the wind and the rainfall throughout this event.’
    • ‘And we're going to have to talk about the hazard, the storm surge, the winds and the rainfall.’
    • ‘The right front quadrant contains the highest storm surge, the strongest winds.’
    • ‘A storm surge is primarily caused by the wind pushing the sea towards the coast, but can also be coupled with low air pressure.’
    • ‘The storm's impending landfall has sent millions of people inland to escape fierce winds and a deadly storm surge.’
    • ‘These winds caused a storm surge and extensive wave action.’
    • ‘That's where the storm surge and the winds are going to be strongest.’
    • ‘We have this concern at the coast for the storm surge and the winds, but we have just as great a concern inland for some very heavy rain.’
    • ‘Hurricanes can bring destruction on an unimaginable scale, and most of the devastation is caused by the storm surge that often occurs with a hurricane.’
    • ‘On the foreshore at Beachmere, the storm surge deposited boats in tree-tops.’
    • ‘The storm was accompanied by an extraordinary storm surge, with water levels metres above normal, and also by huge waves.’
    • ‘Of 19 cyclone-related deaths in Mackay, most drowned in the storm surge.’
    • ‘Many of the victims were killed by the accompanying storm surge.’
    • ‘Just how much damage depends, of course, on the size of the storm surge that comes ashore with Rita.’
    • ‘Yet this storm, even though it's weaker, will have a larger storm surge because its circulation is much bigger.’
    • ‘Above, residents survey damage caused by the hurricane and its storm surge.’
    • ‘The real challenge for us would be to handle any kind of a storm surge or any hurricane that came close to the city.’
    • ‘While the winds were not as high, the storm surge actually exceeded Camille considerably.’