All things being equal, tropical cyclones will form from a tropical wave. The term which scientists use to describe all the right conditions that form a cyclone is called Cyclogenesis (the genesis or beginning of a cyclone).
A Tropical Wave is an elongated area of low pressure, originating over Africa and blown across the Atlantic by the tradewinds towards the Caribbean Sea, crossing Central America and into the Pacific Ocean. These "waves" can be more correctly thought of as the convectively active troughs along an extended wave train. About 60 of these are generated each year during starting around April or May and continuing to October or November, coinciding with the Atlantic Hurricane Season (June-November). While only about 60% of the Atlantic tropical storms and minor hurricanes (Saffir-Simpson Scale categories 1 and 2) originate from easterly waves, nearly 85% of the intense (or major) hurricanes have their origins as easterly waves. It is suggested, though, that nearly all of the tropical cyclones that occur in the Eastern Pacific Ocean can also be traced back to Africa.