On September 27, 1959, Typhoon Vera hit the island of Honshu, Japan. Vera had winds of more than 257 kilometers per hour (160 miles per hour), destroyed thousands of homes, and caused 5,000 deaths. Much of the damage caused by Vera was a result of heavy rains, strong winds, and large ocean waves.
Cyclones, typhoons, and hurricanes are actually all the same thing. They just have different names because they occur in different parts of the world. Cyclones occur in the Indian and southwest Pacific Ocean. Typhoons occur in the northwest Pacific Ocean. Hurricanes the Atlantic Ocean, the northeast Pacific Ocean, and the south Pacific Ocean.
Cyclones, typhoons, and hurricanes usually weaken as they pass over land or cold water. Typhoon Vera dissipated just a day after hitting Honshu.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry cyclone Noun
weather system that rotates around a center of low pressure and includes thunderstorms and rain. Usually, hurricanes refer to cyclones that form over the Atlantic Ocean.
to ruin or make useless.
to scatter and disappear.
tropical storm with wind speeds of at least 119 kilometers (74 miles) per hour. Hurricanes are the same thing as typhoons, but usually located in the Atlantic Ocean region.
body of land surrounded by water.
Encyclopedic Entry: island occur Verb
to happen or take place.
tropical storm with wind speeds of at least 74 miles (119 kilometers) per hour. Typhoons are the same thing as hurricanes, but usually located in the Pacific or Indian Ocean region.
moving swell on the surface of water.
movement of air (from a high pressure zone to a low pressure zone) caused by the uneven heating of the Earth by the sun.