tropical storm


Definition of tropical storm 

: a tropical cyclone with strong winds of over 39 miles (63 kilometers) per hour but less than hurricane intensity

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Hurricane-force winds extended 35 miles (55 kilometers) from the storm’s core, and tropical storm-force winds were up to 125 miles (205 kilometers) out. Maria Verza, The Seattle Times, "Dangerous Cat 4 Hurricane Willa closes in on Mexico coast," 22 Oct. 2018 Related In rural southwestern Georgia, communities hunkered down in their homes or shelters, preparing for possible hurricane force winds Wednesday afternoon and tropical storm force winds into Thursday afternoon. Jon Kamp, WSJ, "Hurricane Michael Pummels the Florida Panhandle," 10 Oct. 2018 Winds along the Florida coast were already rising above tropical storm strength at the time, all but closing the window for further evacuations as the storm nears shore and moves inland later today. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Michael is so menacing that The Weather Channel just evacuated [Updated]," 10 Oct. 2018 As Hurricane Michael strengthens near Florida's Gulf Coast, meteorologist Jim Cantore is busy reporting on the tropical storm. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "The Weather Channel's Jim Cantore 'Banned' From One Florida County Ahead of Hurricane Michael," 9 Oct. 2018 According to a pre-storm analysis from the National Low-Income Housing Coalition, nearly 280,000 very low-income renter households reside in counties where hurricane, storm surge, or tropical storm alerts have been issued due to Florence. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Flood insurance is broken," 20 Sep. 2018 Chris strengthened from a tropical storm into a hurricane on Tuesday. Hurricane Chris, CBS News, "Hurricane Chris sending risky surf ashore as it swirls off East Coast," 11 July 2018 Chris could make landfall as a post-tropical storm later in the week in southeastern Newfoundland, the Canadian Hurricane Centre said. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Tropical Storm Chris set to become hurricane off East Coast with life-threatening surf, rip currents," 10 July 2018 Chris is forecast to gather strength through Wednesday, but should start weakening by Thursday and revert back to a tropical storm by Friday, according to the NHC. Alix Langone, Time, "This Is Hurricane Chris' Path and Forecast," 10 July 2018

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1809, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of tropical storm

: a powerful storm that begins in the tropics and that has winds which are not as strong as those of a hurricane

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Kids Definition of tropical storm

: a storm that begins in the tropics with winds that are not as strong as those of a hurricane

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