storm surge

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Rise or piling-up of water during a storm, as a result of wind stresses acting on the surface of the sea and of atmospheric-pressure differences. If a storm surge occurs at the time of highest spring tides, flooding of coastal areas may result, as happened in Holland and East Anglia, England, in 1953.

Subjects: Meteorology and Climatology.

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