Typhoons And Hurricanes: The Devastation and Differences


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Hurricane Dorian stayed over the Bahama Islands for days causing significant damage.

Chase Akers, Staff Reporter

What is a Typhoon and a Hurricane? These two weather phenomenons are both categorized as tropical cyclones.

The only differences between these two are the location in which the storm occurs.  Hurricanes most commonly occur in the Pacific ocean, and the western Pacific ocean being most active. Typhoons occur in the Northwestern Pacific. The way these tropical cyclones occur are because they absorb warm, moist air and energy and from the ocean and rise up. These hurricanes and typhoons are also categorized one to five based on intensity of the storm at ranges of 74 to 130.

How have typhoons and hurricanes affected recent life on Earth? Recently, a typhoon named “Typhoon Faxai” had struck Japan as a category 4 storm, through August 30 to September 10, 2019. This typhoon was the strongest since the past 60 years, which resulted in the tragic loss of three individuals killed and injured 40. The typhoon also left hundreds of thousands to evacuate with 934,000 houses without power and $194 billion damages on Japanese agriculture. 

A recent devastating hurricane named “Hurricane Dorian”  hit the Bahamas  as a category 5 storm on September 1, 2019. Dorian left the Bahamas as one of the most powerful tropical cyclones in the Bahamas to ever strike it. The worst natural disaster in this country left a tragic 51 dead. Approximately,  70,000 people were left homeless. The damage that it had left was about $7.5 billion in costs.