Difference between Tropical Storm and Hurricane
By Theydiffer - March 9, 2016

Meteorologists generally divide severe tropical storms into hurricanes, typhoons, and tropical cyclones. In the following article, we will see what the differences are between a hurricane and the other tropical storms.


Damage to Long Beach, gulf port Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina it in 2005

Meteorologists are getting better at forecasting the strength and directions of hurricanes and can roughly predict how many hurricanes will happen in each Atlantic hurricane season, information that is valuable to the insurance industry.

Tropical storm vs Hurricane

What is the difference between tropical storm and hurricane?

In meteorology, there have been several attempts to divide tropical storms into distinct categories. The most common way to do that is to divide them according to the region where they occur. Hurricanes happen in the Caribbean and parts of the South-Eastern USA, while cyclones and typhoons – the other two types, hit other areas of the planet.

Comparison chart

Tropical stormsHurricanes
Are generally divided into typhoons, cyclones, and hurricanesIs one type of tropical storm
Occur anywhere on the planet, except its northern partsOccur in the Caribbean and parts of the South-Eastern USA