Hurricanes Typhoons and Cyclones

What is the difference between Hurricanes and Cyclones?


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- Hurricane:

A violent wind which has a circular movement, especially found in the West Atlantic Ocean. A hurricane is actually a violent storm formed with water which causes heavy rains and fierce winds and they can cause flooding of streets and homes.

- Cyclone:

A violent tropical storm or wind in which the air moves very fast in a circular direction. They can be formed over tropical waters, bar the Southeast Pacific and the South Atlantic Oceans.

Severity_and_Categories">Severity and Categories

Cyclones are categorised according to their strength. There are 5 categories: Category 1 is the weakest and Category 5 is the strongest.

CategoryWind GustsOcean SwellsDamage1Up to 125km/hr (77mph)

Gales1.2 - 1.6m (3.9' -5.2')Slight damage

Trees and farmland damaged.2126 - 169km/hr (78mph - 105mph)

Destructive1.7 - 2.5m (5.5' - 8.2')Significant Damage

Minor house damage. Severe damage to signs and trees. Heavy damage to crops3170 - 224km/hr (105mph - 139mph)

Very Destructive2.6 - 3.7m (8.5' -12.7')Structural damage

House roofs and most likely power failures4225 - 279km/hr(139mph-173mph)

Very Destructive3.8 - 5.4m (12.4' -17.7')Significant roofing and structural damage

Airborne debris, widespread power failure5Winds above 280km/hr (173mphr)

Very DestructiveMore than 5.5m (18')Almost total destruction and extremely dangerous

Houses flattened, cars over turned

- Typhoon:

A violent wind which has a circular movement, found in the West Pacific Ocean.


Pressure systems that develop over tropical waters, with tropical-related characteristics, are tropical cyclones, which include tropical storms, hurricanes, typhoons (western Pacific), etc., are called tropical cyclones.

Systems that tend to develop in the multitudes with a jet stream, cold core, etc. are referred to as extra-tropical cyclones. These systems usually produce severe weather in the spring and fall, and severe winter weather in the winter.