Typhoon Mangkhut smashes into China after cutting deadly path through the Philippines

Typhoon kills two in Philippines, one off Taiwan

Hong Kong raises typhoon alert to highest level as Mangkhut closes in

People jog at the waterfront in Hong Kong's Central district before typhoon Mangkhut approaches Hong Kong. In the Philippines, the typhoon is locally known as Ompong. It was tracked on Friday about 400 kilometers (250 miles) away in the Pacific with sustained winds of 205 kilometers (127 miles) per hour and gusts of up to 255 kph (158 mph), Philippine forecasters said.

Tens of thousands of travelers had plans disrupted after Hong Kong's global airport, a major regional hub, canceled most flights.

Itogon Mayor Victorio Palangdan said that at the height of the typhoon's onslaught on Saturday afternoon, dozens of people, mostly miners and their families, rushed into an old three-storey building in the village of Ucab.

A Philippine official says three people have been killed after Typhoon Mangkhut pummeled the country's northern breadbasket with ferocious winds and rain that set off landslides, damaged an airport terminal and ripped off tin roofs.

More than 2.4 million people were evacuated in southern China's Guangdong province by yesterday evening and almost 50,000 fishing boats were called back to port, state media reported.

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In Hong Kong residents have taped up windows and stocked up on water and supplies after authorities warned the storm could be one of the worst to ever hit the city.

Vietnam was struck by a record-breaking number of 16 tropical storms past year that left 389 people dead or missing and injured 668 others, mostly in northern and central regions.

Manuel Mamba, governor of Cagayan where the typhoon first touched down, voiced relief that there were no casualties in his home province.

The Philippines was just beginning to count the cost of the typhoon which hit northern Luzon on Saturday. The typhoon is expected to further weaken into a tropical depression by Tuesday.

Mangkhut earlier lashed the Philippines, sparking landslides and building collapses that killed at least 64 people. Hong Kong residents were forced to stay indoors the entire day as the city was shut down with under a No. 10 warning signal, according to South China Morning Post.

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The typhoon prompted storm surges as high as 10ft. and flooded ground-floor buildings in Shenzhen. At least seven bodies had been dug out Sunday before the work had ceased during the night. Now the Typhoon is moving to the densely populated southern provinces of China and Hong Kong.

The workers used pikes and shovels to dig into the mud Monday morning, with the use of heavy equipment limited on the soaked ground.

"It swayed for quite a long time, at least two hours".

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