Hurricanes, typhoons and cyclones devastate millions around the world, but what’s the difference between them? Answer: nothing.
Cyclones are “spinning storms” rotating around a low-pressure centre or the “eye”. They contain torrential rain and sustained wind at 74 miles per hour (119 km/hour) or above.
Cyclones that form over warm ocean waters are called “tropical cyclones”. Hurricanes and typhoons are types of tropical cyclones; their names indicate where the storm is occurring. See below:
- Hurricane: Atlantic, Caribbean Sea, and central and northeast Pacific
- Typhoon: Northwest Pacific
- Severe tropical cyclone: Southeast Indian Ocean and southwest Pacific
- Tropical cyclone: Southwest Indian Ocean.