A very powerful storm, Typhoon Meranti, struck parts of the Philippines, Taiwan, and mainland China earlier this month causing much destruction. Meranti was the strongest storm recorded this year. It had winds of up to 280 kilometers per hour (175 miles per hour). Areas were flooded, homes were destroyed, trees were uprooted, and power lines were damaged. People were left without clean water.
Typhoons are very large storms with winds swirling around at high speeds. What’s the difference between cyclones, hurricanes, and typhoons? Not much! They are all the same type of storm – the difference is what part of the world the storm strikes. In the South Pacific and Indian Ocean, they are called cyclones. In the Northwest Pacific, they are called typhoons. In the Atlantic Ocean and Northeast Pacific, they are called hurricanes.
Here is a video of a giant moon model that rolled away with the winds of the typhoon in Fuzhou, China, and another video about tropical storms.
Image Credits: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov, Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response for Typhoon Meranti’s image, Kelvinsong for hurricane diagram
Sources: New York Times, http://www.hindustantimes.com, http://www.nasa.gov, noaa.gov