Tornados are mainly formed in the North Atlantic, the North West Pacific and in the Gulf of Bengals and are known as hurricanes, typhoons and cyclones.
Hurricanes are very frequent from June to November and experience has shown that they reach their seasonal climax between the middle of August and the middle of October. High wind speeds, heavy rainfall and extreme surf are a serious risk to everyone in the affected regions. Updated information on tornados and hurricanes can be found on the National Hurricane Center website.
Based on the events recorded over the last few years, the countries which are most affected by hurricanes in the Northern Atlantic are: Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Belize, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Cuba, Mexico, Nicaragua, USA (South and South East), St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago.
The regions most affected by typhoons include the coasts of China, Japan and the Philippines.