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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New Orleans, meanwhile, is under a tropical storm warning, though no mandatory evacuations have been ordered yet. Oliver Darcy, CNN, "News outlets prep for Tropical Storm Barry," 12 July 2019 What to know: — (@NOLAnews) July 10, 2019 On Thursday, the storm in the Gulf intensified into tropical storm, named Barry. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Louisiana may get hit by a hurricane this weekend. New Orleans is already flooded.," 11 July 2019 The National Hurricane Center upgraded the system to a tropical storm in its 11 a.m. update. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Barry Becomes a Named Tropical Storm, Targets New Orleans," 11 July 2019 In recent years, as vanilla farms have been hit by tropical storms, the price has soared to around $600 a kilogram, which makes vanilla beans considerably more expensive by weight than solid silver. Bee Wilson, WSJ, "True Luxury in Food Doesn’t Cost a Fortune," 14 June 2019 Rabalais and Turner said that a significant tropical storm during the two weeks before this year’s cruise also could reduce the size of the dead zone, compared to the pre-cruise estimate. Mark Schleifstein,, "Near record low-oxygen ‘dead zone’ predicted for Gulf," 10 June 2019 Based on the predictions, the United States coastlines could get slammed with as many as 14 tropical storms this year, about two to four of which are expected to become large-scale hurricanes. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "AccuWeather's 2019 Hurricane Forecast Predicts as Many as 14 Tropical Storms This Year," 17 Apr. 2019 There’s also a tropical storm called Paul off the coast of Mexico in the Pacific. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Hurricane Florence: what we know about the powerful storm heading for the Carolinas," 10 Sep. 2018 Gordon became a tropical storm Monday near the Florida Keys. Kevin Mcgill, The Seattle Times, "Gordon slams Gulf Coast with tropical-force winds, rain," 4 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of tropical storm

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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