What’s worse: a hurricane or a typhoon?
That depends on where you’re standing.
If you’re in the Pacific, west of the 180º parallel, the answer would most definitely be a typhoon.
Put the same person on a peninsula jutting out into the Atlantic, the answer would be a hurricane.
Just don’t get caught there with a hurricane bearing down – or a “Willie Willie,” which is what they call them over in Australia.
Keep in mind that they spin reverse “down under” in Australia – clockwise, instead of the direction you loosen a jar lid.
My point is that all three terms are just different ways of saying the same meteorological phenomena:
One final thing:
The Indian Ocean also spawns tropical cyclones.
They call them … brace yourself … “cyclones,”
And, yes, they are just as bad as all the others.