Hurricanes occur in the Atlantic and eastern Pacific ocean, and typhoons takes place in the western Pacific ocean. Both hurricanes and typhoons are tropical cyclones, which are masses of air that gather around low pressure centers forming a spiral pattern.
Hurricanes and typhoons both take place in warm areas and bring heavy winds, rain, floods and tornadoes. On average, more typhoons than hurricanes take place annually. Approximately 25 to 30 typhoons and 10 to 15 hurricanes occur each year. Typhoons are stronger than hurricanes. The western Pacific has warmer water, making the region more conducive to storms. Warmer water also explains the greater frequency of typhoons over hurricanes.Learn More
According to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, a hurricane is a cyclonic storm that forms over tropical or subtropical waters and has sustained wind speeds of at least 74 mph, while a tsunami is a tidal wave created by an earthquake or underwater volcano. Hurricanes and tidal waves both can be extremely dangerous to those living near the coastline.Full Answer >
The main difference between a hurricane and a tornado is that hurricanes form over warm water while tornados form over land. As of 2014, the largest tornado ever recorded was 2.5 miles wide, while hurricanes can measure over 1,000 miles wide.Full Answer >
Hurricanes occur because during the summer months, warm air over the ocean rises to leave an area of low pressure, into which cool air immediately flows. This air too warms up and rises, and new pockets of cool air take its place. As the cycle repeats itself, the warm air eventually cools far above the surface to create clouds, and a hurricane can form.Full Answer >
Hurricanes occur in the Bahamas, especially during the official hurricane season which lasts from the beginning of June to the end of November. The risk of hurricanes is highest during August, September and October, but hurricanes have been known occur during other months.Full Answer >