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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Beryl could regenerate back into a tropical storm or a hurricane later this week but should stay east of the U.S. coast. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Tropical trouble: Beryl's remnants threaten Puerto Rico, as Chris spins near Carolinas," 9 July 2018 Accordingly, big storms — both tropical storms and hurricanes — are more frequent. Frank Kummer,, "New Jersey is getting hotter faster than most of the U.S. Get ready to move to higher ground," 18 June 2018 No tropical storms or hurricanes are expected to form in the Gulf of Mexico during the first week of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, forecasters said Monday morning (June 4). Carlie Kollath Wells,, "No storms expected to form this week in Gulf, hurricane forecasters say," 4 June 2018 What really matters is where the tropical storms and hurricanes make landfall., "Hurricane activity predicted higher than normal," 30 May 2018 Of the seven potential storms forecasters tracked last year, six went on to become tropical storms or hurricanes. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Hurricane season is here, and so is a new arsenal of warnings," 30 May 2018 Beryl, following a somewhat similar path through the Caribbean as 2017’s Hurricane Maria, weakened from a tropical storm Sunday afternoon, the National Hurricane Center said. Brett Clarkson,, "Beryl's remnants to bring heavy rain to Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands," 8 July 2018 Fires, droughts, and tropical storms are also playing an increasing role in forest loss, especially as climate change makes them more frequent and severe, according to the report. National Geographic, "Tropical Forest Loss Slowed in 2017—To the Second Worst Total Ever," 27 June 2018 Even so, it is still headed toward the southern part of Baja California, including Cabo San Lucas, where a tropical storm warning is in effect. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "The Category 4 hurricane named Bud collapsed in spectacular fashion," 13 June 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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occurring twice a year or every two years

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