Weather hazards

A weather hazard is an extreme weather event that threatens people or property.

Weather hazards include:

Tropical storms

Tropical storms are given different names in different parts of the world.

Map showing where typhoons, cyclones and hurricanes occur most often

A tropical storm is a hazard that brings heavy rainfall, strong winds and other related hazards such as mudslides and floods.

Tropical storms usually form between approximately 5° and 30° latitude and move westward due to easterly winds. The Coriolis force sends them spinning towards the poles.

In most areas, tropical storms are given names. The names are alphabetical and alternate between male and female. This makes storms easier to identify, especially when they are close together.

It is hard to predict the path of a tropical storm, and therefore difficult to manage an adequate evacuation of an area if needed.