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 62 people in the Philippines.
Mangkhut will keep to a northwesterly track, bringing heavy rain and winds when it enters the autonomous region of Guangxi early on Monday, before weakening into a tropical depression as it arrives in southwestern Yunnan on Tuesday.
Hong Kong was braced for Mangkhut, with authorities expected to raise the second strongest typhoon signal between 11pm and 2am (1500 and 1800 GMT).
Typhoon Mangkhut killed at least 59 people in the Philippines as it smashed homes and left behind torrents of floodwater, and is now on course to plough into China's coast.
Most of the deaths have been caused by landslides, officials have reported.
Packing sustained winds of around 120 miles per hour and gusts up to 150 mph as a Category 5 storm, the 550-mile wide storm arrived at 1:40 a.m. local time Friday in Cagayan province.
More than five million people were said to be at risk from Mangkhut but thousands evacuated ahead of the storm making landfall including friends and loved ones of Honolulu Pastor Abigaile Corpuz.
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The typhoon struck at the start of the rice and corn harvesting season in the Philippines' northern breadbasket, prompting farmers to scramble to save what they could of their crops, Cagayan Gov. Manuel Mamba said.
"We're already poor and then this happened to us".
"I think most guests are understandably concerned about the strength of the storm, but I speak for myself and my family in that we believe we are safe here", said the Guangzhou-based journalist, adding that hotel staff have been very helpful.
The 19 who died were part of a bigger group of 43 people, likely miners, and those who were still alive were feared to be trapped in an old mining bunkhouse that had collapsed under rubble, according to Tolentino.
In the fishing village of Tai O, where many people live in stilt houses built over the sea, some desperately tried to bail out their inundated homes.
Mangkhut is now some 220 kilometers (136 miles) south-southeast of the city, and heading for the surrounding Pearl River Delta, home to 120 million people.
The government warned people to stay indoors but some were strolling in parks or along the waterfront on Sunday morning.
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Some apartment blocks had windows blown out.
After blasting the Philippines, Mangkhut was predicted to hurtle toward China's heavily populated southern coast this weekend.
"The entire floor and bed are covered in glass", one resident told local broadcaster TVB after her bedroom window shattered.
A government damage assessment was underway except in areas still being battered by wind and rain.
In the neighbouring gambling enclave of Macau, all 42 casinos shut on Saturday night and businesses were shuttered on Sunday morning, some boarded up and protected by piles of sandbags.
As the storm moved past Macau to the south, streets became submerged under water gushing in from the harbour.
Tuguegarao Airport is damaged due to Typhoon Mangkhut, Tuguegarao City, Philippines, on September 15, 2018, in this image obtained from social media. The cities are nearly entirely shut down and one of Macau's main attractions, local casinos, were ordered to close for the first time in history, CGTN reports.
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