surge tide

Related to surge tide: Storm tide

surge tide

n
(Physical Geography) a powerful and often destructive tide that may occur when an abnormally high tide (e.g. at the autumn equinox) coincides with high wind and low atmospheric pressure
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In spite of the heavy winds, most of the damage came from surge tide: Waves crashed over Galveston's 17-foot seawall, flooding the region and filling the county courthouse with six feet of water.
But this time round the surge tide of support from an admiring public has already been running for days, forcing Don't Push It to the top of the market - and that is before the public play their hand.
Katrina boasted wind gusts up to 280 kilometers per hour at her peak, and her six-meter surge tide was by far the highest Louisiana had ever seen.
The old landforms that had traditionally slowed down the surge tides of past hurricanes in Louisiana--the marsh grasses, the coastal islands--were almost all gone.
These landforms served as natural "speed bumps." They reduced the lethal surge tide of past hurricanes and made New Orleans inhabitable in the first place.
But on their first dive a massive surge tide swept them more than five miles away from the rest of their party.
A massive surge tide had swept the couple, both experienced divers, more than five miles away from the reef .
Binocular, who sweated up plenty, ran a blinder but even as he was stalking Punjabi and Celestial Halo on the run from the second-last AP McCoy never gave the impression he was sitting on a surge tide of energy waiting to be unleashed up the hill.