June 12, 2020
All hurricanes were once tropical storms, but not all tropical storms go on to become hurricanes. A tropical storm is a hurricane in its infancy, but unless conditions are just right, it cannot develop beyond anything stronger than a tropical storm.
Tropical storms feature sustained winds of 39-73 miles per hour. When sustained winds reach 74 mph, the tropical storm has become a hurricane. Cristobal’s top winds gusted to 57 mph, and generated a coastal storm surge of around five feet at its highest. It never graduated beyond tropical storm status.