The terms hurricane and typhoon are regionally specific names for a strong tropical cyclone, a low-pressure system that originates in the tropics. These cyclones usually include intense thunderstorms and strong winds that can exceed 157 mph. Hurricanes/ typhoons and tropical storms can further result in tornadoes and heavy flooding. They can cause extensive damage through both strong winds and high flood waters from rain and storm surges.
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The Atlantic hurricane season lasts from June 1 to November 30, with the peak season from mid- August to late October. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season begins May 15 and ends November 30.
A typhoon is a tropical cyclone in the Northwest Pacific Ocean west of the International Date Line with sustained winds of (or those that exceed) 74 mph. Typhoons can happen at any time of year, but the season typically runs from July 1 to September 30.