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Countries with the Most Tropical Cyclones

Name the countries whose shores have been struck by the most tropical cyclones with wind-speeds greater than 65 knots since 1970.
"Cyclone" is a generic term that includes hurricanes and typhoons
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Last updated: December 14, 2019
First submittedMay 21, 2013
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Rank
Country
1
China
2
Philippines
3
Japan
4
Mexico
5
United States
Rank
Country
6
Australia
7
Taiwan
8
Vietnam
9
Madagascar
10
Cuba
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level 40
May 25, 2013
Technically cyclones only appear in the southern hemisphere. So the US, Cuba etc would've had 0 cyclones. In the northern hemisphere they're called hurricanes or tornados or whatever.
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level 47
May 25, 2013
Technically cyclones can be found everywhere. Hurricanes are tropical cyclones in the Atlantic, and they are called typhoons in the Pacific and just called cyclones in the Indian.
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level 77
Feb 16, 2017
Nope. "Tropical cyclone" is a generic term. In the Atlantic and Eastern/Central Pacific they're called hurricanes, and the in the Western Pacific they're called typhoons. Most tropical cyclones form in the northern hemisphere but, as you can see, Australia gets their fair share.
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level 57
Jun 23, 2017
We absolutely get our fair share. Cyclone Debbie hit north Queensland just a few months ago and caused millions in damage. Cyclone Tracy was the probably the worst though. It hit Darwin on Christmas Eve in 1974 and literally tore it apart.
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level 64
Jun 23, 2017
Tornadoes. Yeah, sure. Check yourself before you wreck yourself, buddy.
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level 62
Jun 23, 2017
Yeah, tornados are completely different from a hurricane.
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level 77
Dec 21, 2019
In my grandparents' generation (at least in my region of the US) tornadoes were commonly called cyclones. In the book, Wizard of Oz, the storm that hit Kansas was called a cyclone. Anyone remember the tall tale of Pecos Bill riding the cyclone in Texas? He rode on what I would call a tornado. It may not be correct to refer to a tornado as a cyclone, but it was quite common when I was young, and I still hear it today, as well as weather forecasters talking about mesocyclones forming as a part of tornadoes.
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level 43
Dec 22, 2019
very true, it can be confusing to say cyclone in the midwest...
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level 76
Oct 26, 2019
Why not just say hurricane or typhoon or whatever? It's the same thing. The wind doesn't give 2 hoots whether it's tearing across an ocean English speaking humans call the Pacific or Atlantic. It's a thoroughly pointless exercise in pedantry.
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level 72
Feb 16, 2017
Really surprised the South Pacific nations don't appear here. It would be interesting to see the actual number of cyclones as well as the ranking.
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level ∞
Feb 17, 2017
Unfortunately the source data doesn't show the number for some reason.
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level 79
Dec 1, 2018
Yeah that's weird, especially since they DO include numbers for the other chart on that page.
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level 82
Feb 17, 2017
I guess if you have a country with a larger land mass then of course it has more chance of the cyclone going over it and therefore adding one to its total. Smaller island nations although maybe more prone geographically probably get missed more often than not.
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level 82
Feb 18, 2017
Taiwan isn't that large.
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level 57
Jun 23, 2017
It's still of very significant size when compared to the likes of Nauru, Tonga or Palau.
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level 59
Jun 23, 2017
Out of the top 5 countries by area, only 2 show up here. Honestly, I too expected more smaller countries in the Caribbean and the Pacific.
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level 2
Jun 23, 2017
I kept guessing countries that are in the Caribbean because for almost tropical storm or hurricane I get notified that a tropical storm or hurricane has crossed the Leeward or Windward Islands and most of our storm systems we've had had crossed the some Caribbean countries. I live in Maryland.
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level 60
Jun 23, 2017
I am shocked that the Bahamas doesn't make the list. It seems to me that if the hurricane hits Cuba or the US, it is going to at least brush up against the Bahamas.
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level 61
Jun 23, 2017
I looked into this and it seems most of the tropical storms and hurricanes approach the Bahamas via north or northwest. Hence, Florida will weaken many hurricanes into tropical storms for the Bahamas. If the quiz included tropical storms with hurricanes then the Bahamas would be almost equal to the US.
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level 79
Dec 1, 2018
The Bahamas do make the "not just since 1970" list (click the source link in the description).
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level 70
Jun 24, 2017
I had no idea you were talking about North America. Hurricanes are what they are called in Mexico, the Caribbean, and the US. So, I thought you were referring to the western Pacific or perhaps Indian. Confusing. Fixable.
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level 47
Jun 24, 2017
""Cyclone" is a generic term that includes hurricanes and typhoons". If you can't be bothered to read the instructions I'm really not sure I can help you.
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level 60
Jun 26, 2017
Any info on non-independent colonies, etc? Wondering about Bermuda in particular, although the smallness would likely exclude it from top 10.
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level 59
Dec 22, 2019
Bermuda is now called a 'British Overseas Territory'.
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level 39
Dec 21, 2019
I've never heard of a cyclone near Madagascar - except I've heard of them in Mozambique, the country on the opposite side of the Mozambique Strait, which is right next to Madagascar.
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level 50
Dec 22, 2019
Interesting list but I would’ve thought for sure that Indonesia would’ve been on it. Also India and Bangladesh
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