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Term Tropical Storm
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A weather phenomenon described as part of the evolution of a tropical cyclone. The classification of a tropical storm refers specifically to a cyclone in which the average wind speed at the level of the sea surface ranges from 62 km/h (34 knots) to 117 km/h (63 knots).

Tropical storms draw their energy from the condensation of moist air, taking form over warm ocean waters and losing their power as they penetrate land. For this reason, coastal areas receive the brunt of strong winds, heavy rain and storm surges that characterize these storms, although heavy rains can also cause flooding inland. Some tropical storms that have hit the Dominican Republic are Alpha (2005), Felix (2007) and Paloma (2008).

See tropical cyclone.


Topic  Climate