A Nasa satellite photo shows Super Typhoon Mangkhut approaching the Philippines on September 11. Its name is the Thai word for a fruit. Photo: EPA-EFE/Nasa

Why typhoons are given names, and how pedestrian some of the names Hong Kong supplied are

Tropical cyclones were named for ease of communication, first by storm forecasters for the Atlantic Ocean, who chose Christian saints’ names; Pacific Ocean storms are given native names contributed by 14 countries and regions

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A Nasa satellite photo shows Super Typhoon Mangkhut approaching the Philippines on September 11. Its name is the Thai word for a fruit. Photo: EPA-EFE/Nasa
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