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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Florence, like Michael, also rapidly intensified, growing from a tropical storm to a category 4 hurricane in just two days. Umair Irfan, Vox, "What we learned from the disasters that hammered the US in 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 Aside from Chris, the only other prospect for tropical storm activity in the Atlantic is from the weather disturbance, which was, at one point, Hurricane Beryl. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "Tropical Storm Chris predicted to strengthen to a hurricane by Tuesday off the coast of the Carolinas," 9 July 2018 Hermine strengthened from tropical storm status to hurricane status on Thursday afternoon. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "Florida Might Get Its First Hurricane in More Than a Decade," 1 Sep. 2016 Michael was projected to blow across Georgia and the Carolinas as a tropical storm, drenching a region that is still recovering from the deadly flooding unleashed by Hurricane Florence last month. Arian Campo-flores, WSJ, "‘Extremely Dangerous’ Hurricane Michael Gains Strength, Approaches North Florida," 10 Oct. 2018 The hurricane — now downgraded to a tropical storm — is hovering over the area, unleashing torrential rainfall, and creeping towards the west at a glacial three miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Hurricanes stalling like Florence over the Carolinas may get even more common," 15 Sep. 2018 There is a 50 percent chance that what’s left of Beryl could turn back into a tropical storm in the next five days, the National Hurricane Center said in its 2 p.m. advisory. Roger Simmons,, "Tropical Storm Beryl's remnants head toward Bahamas; forecasters may send reconnaissance plane," 10 July 2018 Puerto Rico also suffered widespread damage from Hurricane Maria, and Gov. Ricardo Rossello had worried the island could experience power outages if Beryl arrived as a tropical storm as originally forecast. Washington Post, "Beryl dissipates after Dominica, easing threat to others," 9 July 2018 It's expected to become a hurricane on Tuesday and then head out to sea, potentially clipping Atlantic Canada as a tropical storm later in the week. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Tropical trouble: Beryl's remnants threaten Puerto Rico, as Chris spins near Carolinas," 9 July 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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