Typhoon lashes south China after killing dozens in Philippines

Typhoon lashes south China after killing dozens in Philippines

Typhoon lashes south China after killing dozens in Philippines

Secretary for Security John Lee Ka-chiu described the damage as "serious and extensive" with the number of calls for help, or reports of injury, five times higher than in August a year ago when Super Typhoon Hato battered Hong Kong.

Hurricane Mangkhut weakened from a typhoon to a tropical storm as it moved deeper into southern China, leaving death and destruction from Hong Kong to the Philippines.

China has relocated over 2.45 million people and cancelled over 400 flights as super Typhoon Mangkhut made landfall in southern Guangdong province on Sunday after battering Hong Kong and killing 64 people in the Philippines.

As the storm passed south of Hong Kong, trees were snapped in half and roads blocked, while some windows in tower blocks were smashed and skyscrapers swayed, as they are created to do in intense gales.

After tearing through Luzon and pummelling Hong Kong and Macau, the storm made landfall in mainland China late Sunday. Authorities reported four deaths from falling trees and building materials in Guangdong, China's manufacturing hub.

Jonalyn Felipe waits for news of her missing husband near the site where victims are believed to have been buried by a landslide after Typhoon Mangkhut lashed Itogon, Benguet province, northern Philippines today.

Authorities there said they had evacuated more than 3 million people and ordered tens of thousands of fishing boats back to port before the arrival of what Chinese media dubbed the "King of Storms".

Hong Kong Security Minister John Lee Ka-chiu (李家超) urged residents to prepare for the worst.

As it tore through the Philippines on Saturday, Mangkhut's wind gusts reached speeds of over 270 km/h. About 63,000 people have been affected, and the damage has not yet been fully assessed as numerous worst-hit areas are rural. Dozens of residents sought shelter there during the storm despite warnings it was risky.

Consultancy manager Devin Ong, 30, told The Straits Times that while it usually takes him just 10 minutes to get to work in the morning, he spent 45 minutes doing so on Monday, as there was no bus service and the few taxis available were all taken.

Heavy rain and strong winds are lashing the south coast of China as Typhoon Mangkhut closes in.

The category 5 "super" typhoon hit the northern end of the Philippine island of Luzon early on Saturday morning, with the high winds ripping the roofs off houses and pulling down trees and electricity pylons, and the rains causing fatal landslides and flooding.

The typhoon struck Asian population centres as tropical weather also was devastating the southern U.S. Florence has dumped historical levels of rain on North Carolina.

Panels and debris from a collapsed ceiling are seen with blown over pieces of furniture in a company office, in a harbourside commercial building, whose windows were blown out the day before during Typhoon Mangkhut in Hong Kong on September 17, 2018.

Macau, China's gaming center, was forced shut down all its casinos for the first time its history Sunday as Mangkhut approached.

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