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Severe weather terms to know

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Natural disasters most likely to occur in Louisiana, particularly in low-lying areas bordering the Gulf of Mexico, include hurricanes and flooding due to heavy rains. Residents should be familiar with several terms that describe severe weather conditions:

Storm Surge: An abnormal rise of the sea along a shore as the result, primarily, of the winds from a storm

Tropical Storm Watch: Winds of 39-73 mph are possible within the next 48  hours

Hurricane Watch: Winds of 74 mph or greater are possible within the next 48 hours

Tropical Storm Warning: Winds of 39-73 mph are expected within the next 36 hours.

Hurricane Warning: Winds greater than 74 mph are expected within the next 36 hours.

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