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HURRICANE VOCABULARY: 10 terms you should know

As Hurricane Irma chugs toward South Georgia, it's important to know some of the terminology associated with tropical weather. (Source: John P. Wise/WALB.com) As Hurricane Irma chugs toward South Georgia, it's important to know some of the terminology associated with tropical weather. (Source: John P. Wise/WALB.com)

As Southwest Georgians brace for Hurricane Irma, those glued to their TVs and mobile devices are probably hearing some words they're not used to hearing.

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Do you know what storm surge is? Or wind shear? When it comes to hurricane survival, knowing is half the battle.

Take a look at these 10 terms often associated with tropical weather:

+ Center of circulation: The area of low pressure in a tropical cyclone

+ Computer model: Mathematical computations that predict the future path of a storm

+ Convection: Storms

+ Cyclonic: The counter-clockwise spin associated with a tropical system

+ Millibar: A unit of measure for pressure. The lower the pressure, the more intense a tropical storm's winds will be

+ Outer bands: The spirals of rain that wrap around the center of a tropical storm

+ Sea surface temperatures: Warm water that fuels a storm

+ Stalling: When a storm stops its forward motion

+ Storm surge: A rising of the sea associated with a tropical storm

+ Trough: Low pressure, convection, rain

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