Typhoon Mangkhut pounds south China after killing 64 in Philippines

Super Typhoon Mangkhut threatens China

Mangkhut made landfall in far northeast Luzon in Cagayan Province about 2:30 am local time on Saturday.

In the mainland city of Shenzhen, the Meishawan Hotel was flooded as storm surge broke through the hotel's glass doors.

Groceries flew off the shelves of supermarkets in the provincial capital of Guangzhou as residents stocked up in preparation for being confined at home by the typhoon, China's official Xinhua News Agency said.

Hundreds of flights were cancelled.

Guangdong has been on its highest alert for the typhoon.

Images have revealed collapsed building scaffolding and trees bending in the strong winds across Guangdong province.

Rooftops were torn off some low-lying buildings as the strongest storm to hit the territory in six decades brushed past.

THAI is among airlines which either cancelled or rescheduled flights in and out of Hong Kong.

On that track it could cause $120 billion in damage, with China absorbing $100 billion - about $26 billion of that in Hong Kong alone, said Chuck Watson, a disaster modeler with Enki Research in Savannah, Georgia.

The government and casinos are taking extra precautions after Macau was battered by Typhoon Hato previous year, which left 12 dead.

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In some areas of Hong Kong, water levels rose to 12ft high, washing up live fish into residential areas and one shopping complex.

Boats were thrown onto the shore by powerful waves and the vast rainfall has brought fears of landslides, although none have yet been reported in Hong Kong.

Mangkhut's sustained winds weakened to 170 kilometers (105 miles) per hour with gusts of up to 260 kph (161 mph) after it sliced across Luzon Island's flood-prone rice plains and mountain provinces toward the South China Sea, aiming at southern China and Hong Kong, where residents braced for the worst.

Philippine authorities confirmed the number of people killed by Typhoon Mangkhut as it tore a path of destruction through the islands has risen to 25, authorities said this morning.

"They [authorities] said this typhoon is twice as strong as the last typhoon, that's why we are terrified", Myrna Parallag, 53, told reporters after fleeing her home in the northern Philippines. Some roads were cut off by landslides and many remained submerged.

"It's very sad. I could hear villagers wailing in their homes near the site of the accident", Tacio said by phone.

In the Philippines, rescuers for the Itogon landslide were hampered by rain and mud. Police and their vehicles could not immediately reach the landslide-hit area because the ground was unstable and soaked from the heavy rains, regional police chief Rolando Nana told the ABS-CBN TV network.

A father carries his sick child as it is being transferred to another vehicle after their ambulance is stuck on a highway by toppled electric posts caused by strong winds after Typhoon Mangkhut hit Baggao town in Cagayan province, north of Manila on September 15, 2018. Forty-five other people were missing and 33 were injured in the storm. Police also said a body had been found in a river in Manila.

The Philippines is routinely hit during the typhoon season but the strength of Manghukt evoked memories of the deadliest storm on national record - Super Typhoon Haiyan - which killed more than 7,000 in 2013.

More than 250,000 people were affected by the storm across the country, with around half of those seeking shelter in evacuation centers in the country's north.

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