land·fall | \ ˈlan(d)-ˌfȯl \

Definition of landfall 

1 : a sighting of land after a voyage or flight

2 : a reaching of land (as by a traveler, craft, or storm)

3 : the land first sighted on a voyage or flight

Examples of landfall in a Sentence

From the deck of the boat, we saw our first landfall.

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Within a week after Harvey made landfall in Texas, FEMA had about 5,000 people deployed there. Arelis R. Hernandez And Joel Achenbach,, "Failure of imagination hindered federal response to hurricanes that devastated Puerto Rico," 14 July 2018 Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas Friday night, pounding the city of Houston with unprecedented rainfalls, and leaving more than 300,000 people without power. Mike Morris, Houston Chronicle, "Want Houston to fix your street, park or library? Harvey may delay the job," 18 June 2018 Nine months ago, Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, and since then, the revitalization has been very slow and services still unreliable. Suzette Fernandez, Billboard, "Luis Fonsi Joins Google to Raise Funds for Small Businesses in Puerto Rico," 13 June 2018 But that streak could end this week, as Hurricane Hermine is set to make landfall in northwest Florida and into Georgia. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "Florida Might Get Its First Hurricane in More Than a Decade," 1 Sep. 2016 Cyclone Gita caused power outages after tearing through the island nation just south of the capital, Nuku'alofa, with winds exceeding 200 kilometers per hour (124 miles per hour) at landfall., "Fiji Prepares for Cyclone Gita as Tonga Begins Cleanup," 12 Feb. 2018 A week after the hurricane made landfall, according to the report, officials had been able to assess about half of the island’s wastewater treatment sites and did not have information on the status of 37 out of 69 hospitals. Arelis R. Hernandez,, "FEMA admits failures in Puerto Rico disaster response, after-action report reveals," 13 July 2018 A week after Maria made landfall, FEMA still did not know whether half the island’s hospitals were open, the report says. Frances Robles, New York Times, "FEMA Was Sorely Unprepared for Puerto Rico Hurricane, Report Says," 12 July 2018 The forecast calls for Chris making landfall or passing just south of the Avalon Peninsula as a strong post-tropical storm Thursday evening. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Hurricane Chris threatens East Coast with dangerous rip currents through weekend," 11 July 2018

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1627, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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: the land that is first seen or reached after a journey by sea or air

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