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A general term for strong winds accompanied by rain, snow or other violent weather conditions.

Storms originating at sea are known by different names in different areas of the world: see Hurricane, Typhoon and Cyclone.

Other local names for storms having their origin over land: "Tornado"; "Williwaw"; and some local ones: "Willy-Willy" in Australia, Baguio and the Philippines; "Cordonazo" in Mexico and the west coast of Central America; "Mistral" in the Mediterranean; "Monsoon" and "Dafeng" in China.

See "Weather Warnings" and Beaufort Scale.
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