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10 things you didn't know about hurricanes

Oct. 20, 2010, 1:15 p.m.

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Typhoon, hurricane or cyclone?

Hurricanes are called different names depending upon where they form. In fact, a hurricane is technically only a hurricane when it forms over the Atlantic Ocean. If such a storm forms over the northwest Pacific Ocean, it’s called a typhoon. In the South Pacific and Indian oceans, it’s called a cyclone. The scientific name that’s acceptable for these storms across the world is "tropical cyclone."