What's The Difference Between A Hurricane And Typhoon?

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By By Steve Pool

SEATTLE - Aside from the name, not much. Both are severe tropical systems that have

wind speeds greater than 74 mph.

They are called "hurricanes" in the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean and

eastern Pacific Ocean. But once your go west across the International

Dateline and into the western Pacific Ocean, they're called typhoons. And of

course, the Australians, who have colorful names for just about everything,

have their own term for hurricanes: "willy-willys."

Typhoons generally tend to be stronger than hurricanes, but only because

there's warmer water in the western Pacific and are better conditions for

storm development. And they've been known to affect Seattle: Some of our

strongest windstorms ever recorded were remnants of a typhoon in the western

Pacific.

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