• Typhoon Haishen made landfall over southern Japan on Sunday (6/9/20) becoming the country’s second landfalling typhoon within a week. 
  • Japan’s meteorological agency has referred to the tropical storm as “large” and “very strong”.
  • The typhoon is categorised as a Category 4 storm which means well-built framed houses can suffer severe damage with loss of most of the roof structure and exterior walls. 

Why are hurricanes called typhoons in the North Pacific and Asia?

  • Depending on where they occur, hurricanes may be called typhoons or cyclones. The scientific name for all these kinds of storms is tropical cyclones.
  • The tropical cyclones that form over the Atlantic Ocean or the eastern Pacific Ocean are called hurricanes and the ones that form in the Northwest Pacific are called typhoons. Tropical storms that form in the Bay of Bengal or the Arabian Sea are called cyclones.