Hurricane vs. Typhoon
Hurricanes and typhoons are the same kind of storm that use different terms based on their geographic location.
The American Red Cross provides disaster relief and assistance for both hurricanes and typhoons. While we’re most known for responding to hurricanes, typhoons impact U.S. territories in the Pacific including the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam.
Hurricane vs Typhoon Similarities
These large area storm systems:
Hurricanes and typhoons begin to lose their strength once they hit land. Without the warm waters of the ocean to fuel them, they eventually decrease in both speed and size until they dissipate.
Hurricane vs Typhoon Differences
Hurricane is the term used for tropical cyclones that occur in the Northern Hemisphere running from the Greenwich Meridian all the way to the International Date Line. Typhoons refer to tropical cyclones that occur in the Pacific, north of the equator running west of the International Date Line.
If a storm forms in one place and crosses over the International Date Line, it will change names. For instance, in 2014 Hurricane Genevieve formed in the eastern Pacific but became Super Typhoon Genevieve as it moved west and crossed the International Date Line.