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What are some of the highest sustained winds in a hurricane?

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Hurricane Patricia, a storm that made landfall on the Western Pacific coast of Mexico, had a maximum measured wind speed of 198 miles per hour, the highest recorded sustained hurricane wind speed, as of 2015. However, scientists record much higher wind speeds with typhoons and cyclones.

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Hurricanes, typhoons and cyclones are the same types of storms, but they receive different names based on the regions in which they occur. Hurricanes form in the Atlantic and Northeast Pacific Oceans. The storms are called typhoons in the Northwest Pacific and cyclones in the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea. Typhoon Haiyan had recorded winds up to 235 miles per hour in 2014, and Tropical Cyclone Olivia's winds reached 253.5 miles per hour on April 10, 1996.

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