Cyclone, tropical cyclone, hurricane and typhoon are different names for the same weather phenomenon. In the Caribbean and Western Atlantic, cyclones are called hurricanes; in the Western Pacific, they are called typhoons. A hurricane is a wind system that rotates counterclockwise (in the Northern Hemisphere) and has sustained winds of greater than74 mph. The Galveston hurricane that occurred on September 8, 1900, and killed more than 6000 people was the worst disaster in US history. However, with modern day tracking technology, we are better able to predict when and where these storms will hit thus reducing the loss of human life.