What's the Difference Between a Typhoon and a Hurricane?


It’s one of, if not, the strongest storm ever recorded on the planet. Super Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippines with winds touching 235 miles per hour. Trace looks at how this typhoon differs from hurricanes and what ingredients combined to create such a monster.

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“Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most intense cyclones on record, hit the Philippines this morning with sustained winds of 195 mph and gusts up to 235 mph, killing four people and terrifying millions.”

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“One of the most intense typhoons on record whipped the Philippines Friday, killing three people and terrifying millions as monster winds tore roofs off buildings and giant waves washed away flimsy homes.”

Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of strongest storms ever, hits central Philippines

“With 25 million people in its path, Super Typhoon Haiyan — one of the strongest storms recorded on the planet — smashed into the Philippines on Friday morning.”

The only difference between a hurricane, a cyclone, and a typhoon is the location where the storm occurs

“Hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons are all the same weather phenomenon; we just use different names for these storms in different places. In the Atlantic and Northeast Pacific, the term “hurricane” is used. The same type of disturbance in the Northwest Pacific is called a “typhoon” and “cyclones” occur in the South Pacific and Indian Ocean.”

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“Cyclone, typhoon and hurricane are all just different names for the same basic weather phenomenon.”

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“”A cyclone is any mass of air that spirals around a low pressure center. It is an organized collection of thunderstorms embedded in a swirling mass of air.”

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“A powerful typhoon that struck Hong Kong on Sunday killed at least 30 people and forced the evacuation of thousands of people on the China mainland, and hundreds of flights were canceled.”

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