What Is the Relationship Between Hurricanes, Typhoons and Tropical Cyclones?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 31, 2020 5:38:46 PM ET
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Hurricanes, typhoons and tropical cyclones all refer to storms in which the winds reach more than 74 miles per hour. The difference in the names refers to the location where the storm originates. A hurricane is confined to the North Atlantic Ocean and the Northeast Pacific Ocean. A typhoon originates in the Northwest Pacific Ocean, and a cyclone occurs in the Indian Ocean, states the Hurricane Research Division of NOAA.