With eyes on Hurricane Ian now slamming Cuba and barreling towards Florida’s west coast, people who live in non-tropical-storm areas always ask about these menaces, and about the differences between hurricanes and typhoons.
Dictionary.com posted this today:
“The word cyclone is a general term for a large storm system, the most severe kind of which is called atropical cyclone. The words hurricane and typhoon are simply different names for tropical cyclones. Tropical cyclones that originate in the West (mostly over the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico) are called hurricanes. Tropical cyclones that originate in the East (mostly over the western Pacific and northern Indian Ocean) are called typhoons. A tornado is different altogether—it’s a funnel cloud that forms from a storm over land (sometimes as part of a hurricane). Tornadoes are much smaller in scale than hurricanes.“