tropical storm

noun

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 Ian was downgraded to a tropical storm Thursday morning after making landfall near Cayo Costa around 3 p.m. Wednesday as a powerful Category 4 hurricane with winds of 150 mph. Marlene Lenthang, NBC News, 29 Sep. 2022 Thursday morning, Ian was on track to weaken to a tropical storm after flooding homes, uprooting trees and leaving more than 2.5 million homes and businesses across Florida without power. Nate Chute, USA TODAY, 29 Sep. 2022 The National Hurricane Center downgraded Ian to a tropical storm Thursday morning. Madeline Coggins, Fox News, 29 Sep. 2022 Ian dropped to a tropical storm early Thursday over land, but was expected to intensify again once its center moves over the Atlantic Ocean and menace the South Carolina coast Friday at near-hurricane strength before moving inland. Curt Anderson, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Sep. 2022 Ian weakened early Thursday from a hurricane to a tropical storm. Alyssa Lukpat, WSJ, 29 Sep. 2022 It has been downgraded to a tropical storm but could regain strength and by Friday potentially threaten Georgia and the Carolinas. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, 29 Sep. 2022 Though its downgraded in strength to a tropical storm since its arrival on Florida's Gulf coast Wednesday, Ian continues to wreck havoc on regional travel in the southeast United States. Dan Carson, Chron, 29 Sep. 2022 Ian has weakened to a tropical storm, and was about to move back over water as of Thursday morning. Leigh Morgan, al, 29 Sep. 2022 See More

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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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1 Oct 2022

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“Tropical storm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tropical%20storm. Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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tropical storm

noun

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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