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tropical storm

noun, Meteorology
a tropical cyclone of less than hurricane force.
Origin of tropical storm
1940-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Flooding from a tropical storm has helped to spread the disease.
  • The tropical storm unleashes record rainfall, triggering landslides and flooding.
  • The storm is named once it reaches tropical storm strength.
tropical storm in Science
tropical storm  
A tropical cyclone having sustained surface winds between 39 and 73 mi (63 and 118 km) per hour. See Note at cyclone.
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