Hurricanes or typhoons, they're all bad news.
FROM TODAY'S PRINT EDITIONS:
A colleague asks: “Are there any differences between hurricanes and typhoons as far as damage, stamina? Meteorologically, they’re all tropical cyclones. They’re called “hurricanes” in the Atlantic and eastern Pacific; “typhoons” in the North Pacific, and “tropical cyclones” elsewhere.
Damage depends on human factors. Stamina? Pacific Hurricane John (1994, left) holds the record (31 days). It crossed the dateline, became Typhoon John, then crossed back again as Hurricane John.
Hurricane John actually began as a tropical wave off West Africa on July 25. It never made tropical storm strength until Aug. 11, after it had crossed into the Western Pacific off Acapulco. By Aug. 22 it had become a Cat. 5 storm, and after wandering in the Pacific for more than two more weeks, finally expired south of the Aleutian Islands on Sept. 10 without ever having much effect on any land mass.
Clearly, a slow pace and loads of empty space in the Pacific contributed to John's longevity.