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Hurricanes, cyclones and typhoons are strong winds that originate from the oceans and travel at very high speeds and cause havoc and devastating effects when they reach the land surface.
These strong winds are reffered to as hurricanes when they orginate either from the North Atlantic, central North pacific and Easterm North Pacific and cyclones when they form in the Indian Ocean or in the South Pacific. Lastly they are reffered to as typhoons when they form in the Northwest Pacific.
The magnitude of these stroms is measured in categories in terms of their speed by the Saffir Simpson scale. Hurricanes are classified as major when they reach category 3 scale. Category 5 storms are very dangerous and catastrophic because they can get to speeds of upto 253 km an hour.