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What is the meaning of "were it to" used in the following sentence?

The developing storm, were it to become a cyclone on Tuesday, will be called NIVAR, said Mr. Mohapatra. It currently hovers about 520 km south-southeast of Puducherry and 560 km south-southeast of Chennai.

Does it mean if it becomes?

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Yes. "The developing storm, were it to become a cyclone on Tuesday, will be called NIVAR" means the same as " If the developing storm becomes a cyclone on Tuesday, it will be called NIVAR"

From Google definitions for 'were': Used to hypothesize about something that might happen.

Example: "if I were to lose"

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