WFXR Weather Trivia: Hurricanes versus typhoons


ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Hurricanes and typhoons have a lot more in common than you think.

The two weather systems are both classified as tropical cyclones, which are rotating, organized system of clouds and thunderstorms that develops over warm waters.

What is the difference between a hurricane and a typhoon? Check out the answer below to see if you’re right:

The only difference between hurricanes and typhoons is the location where the storm occurs. Once a tropical cyclone produces maximum sustained winds of 74 miles per hour or higher, it is classified as a hurricane, typhoon, or tropical cyclone, depending on where the storm develops in the world. 

Hurricanes occur in the North Atlantic, eastern North Pacific, and central North Pacific. If the same type of storm develops in the Northwest Pacific, it is called a typhoon. The generic term tropical cyclone is used for storms that form in the South Pacific and the Indian Ocean.

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