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

Examples of tropical storm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The forecast is for the subtropical depression to reach tropical storm strength -- sustained winds of 39 mph or above -- by midday Wednesday. Judson Jones, CNN, "Dolly, the fourth named storm of the year, could develop off the northeast coast," 22 June 2020 Cristobal was expected to maintain tropical storm strength through landfall Sunday evening. David Jacobs, Washington Examiner, "Tropical Storm Cristobal lashes southeast Louisiana; president declares federal disaster," 8 June 2020 The remnants of tropical storm Cristobal have remained east of North Texas. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "A summertime cold front is on the way," 8 June 2020 After weakening to a tropical depression, Cristobal headed back into the southern Gulf of Mexico from the Yucatan Peninsula on Friday and re-energized into a tropical storm. Alison Medley, Houston Chronicle, "Tropical Storm Cristobal expected to strengthen as it heads for Gulf Coast," 6 June 2020 Folks along the Gulf Coast need to prepare for tropical storm impacts this weekend. NBC News, "Cristobal turns north, sets sights on Gulf Coast states for a potential weekend landfall," 5 June 2020 On Wednesday, Greater Cincinnati could see some showers and thunderstorms as remains of tropical storm Cristobal move north. Sarah Brookbank,, "Cincinnati weather: Highs near 90, sunny skies ahead," 5 June 2020 Flood watches are in effect for portions of Louisiana, Mississippi and South Florida, and tropical storm/storm surge advisories will also be posted today. Fox News, "Cristobal now a tropical depression, center moving into Gulf of Mexico," 5 June 2020 This week, tropical storm Cristobal slammed into the western side of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula with heavy rainfall and 60 mph winds. Eric Niiler, Wired, "A Drop in Commercial Flights Is Bad for Hurricane Forecasts," 4 June 2020

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First Known Use of tropical storm

1809, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tropical storm was in 1809

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26 Jun 2020

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“Tropical storm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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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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