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Cyclone, typhoon, hurricane - what`s the difference?

Last Updated: Wednesday, November 11, 2009 - 21:26


A violent rotating windstorm that begins in the Southern Pacific and is characterised by the rapid inward circulation of air masses about a low-pressure center.

If a storm was to form in the Atlantic or eastern Pacific Ocean, we would call it a hurricane. So, basically every storm that endangers the United States is a hurricane.


A typhoon is generally any storm that begins in the western Pacific. So a storm that threatens Japan or the islands of Guam or the Philippines is called a typhoon. Winds from a typhoon are usually stronger than a hurricane, however they endanger far less land area due to their locations.

First Published: Wednesday, November 11, 2009 - 21:26

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