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Satellite imagery shows three tropical cyclones in the central and eastern Pacific Ocean between August 29 and September 1.

Kilo is now a typhoon and a hurricane, see how


Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Tuesday, September 1, 2015, 6:52 PM - Kilo became somewhat of an enigma when it barreled over the International Date Line Tuesday (eastern time). When that happened, it simultaneously became a typhoon and a hurricane, while simultaneously occurring on Tuesday and Wednesday.

It's a bit hard to wrap your head around, but time zones are funny like that.

Kilo formed in the Central Pacific Ocean, but once it crossed the International Date Line, it also became a typhoon.

The nature of the storm didn't change. Hurricanes, cyclones and typhoons are all the same type of storm, but the name differs depending on its location.


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In the Atlantic and Northeastern Pacific, the storms are called "hurricanes". In the Northwestern Pacific, they're called "typhoons" and in the South Pacific and Indian Ocean they're called "cyclones".

The International Date Line, an imaginary line, lies west of Hawaii and stretches between the North and South Poles. It signifies the change in a calendar day.

Kilo is expected to intensify into a Category 4 storm as it moves west. Maximum winds are forecast to reach 231 kilometres per hour. 

Source: Twitter | NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

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