“Hurricane”, “tropical cyclone,” “very severe cyclonic storm” and “typhoon” are different terms for different regions for the same phenomenon. They are weather phenomena accompanied by torrential rain and sustained wind speeds of more than 119 kilometres per hour:
- In the western North Atlantic, central and eastern North Pacific, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico, this weather phenomenon is called a “hurricane”
- In the western North Pacific, it is called a “typhoon”
- In the Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea, it is called a “very severe cyclonic storm”
- In the western South Pacific and south-east Indian Ocean, it is called a “severe tropical cyclone”
- In the south-west Indian Ocean, it is called a “tropical cyclone”
Meteorologists use modern technology such as satellites, weather radars and computers to track tropical cyclones as they develop.