Photos Of Typhoon Mangkhut Show Damage It's Wreaking On Philippines, China

Typhoon Mangkhut made landfall Sunday in mainland China, but not before deadly 100-plus miles per hour winds blew through the Philippines and Hong Kong.

In Hong Kong, a video posted online by residents showed the top corner of an old building break and fall off while in another video, a tall building swayed as strong winds blew.

On Sunday, most residents hunkered down in their apartments, while those in more flood-prone areas took refuge in shelters.

Waves along the Hong Kong coastline reached as high as 40 feet, according to The New York Times.

The Philippines death toll was expected to rise sharply as rescue workers began moving in. It then skirted south of Hong Kong and the neighboring gambling hub of Macau, before making landfall in China. The agency also issued a landslide warning, and urged residents to keep away from steep slopes. After blowing past the Philippines, the typhoon lashed Hong Kong and other parts of southern China on Sunday.

The situation was still looking grim, with only a fraction of roads completely blocked by trees or debris cleared by the afternoon. There have been no reports of fatalities.

Typhoon Mangkhut appears to have had the strongest winds in Hong Kong since Typhoon Rose in 1971.

Almost half a million people were evacuated from seven cities in Guangdong province, on China's southern coast, according to the Associated Press, where Typhoon Mangkhut was expected to make landfall later Sunday afternoon.

Typhoon Mangkhut battered Hong Kong and Macau on Sunday with 160kph wind gusts, drenching rains and 3-metre surges of seawater that inundated the first urban area of Asia to face the wrath of the year's mightiest storm.

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Windows of a commercial building damaged by Typhoon Mangkhut on September 16, 2018, in Hong Kong.

The plans of tens of thousands of travellers were disrupted by flight cancellations at Hong Kong's global airport, a major regional hub.

High winds and swells have also hit Fujian province north of Guangdong, shutting ports, suspending ferry services and cancelling more than 100 flights.

Mangkhut swept across the northern Philippines island of Luzon on Saturday, causing a huge landslide in two mining villages near the mountain town of Itogon.

More than 155,000 people remain in evacuation centres in the Philippines two days after the typhoon struck, said national police spokesman Benigno Durana.

But the head of the military's Northern Luzon Command, Emmanuel Salamat, told Reuters that at least 19 more were killed in landslides in one part of Benguet province. More than 60 people have been killed, mostly in landslides triggered by heavy rains, with the majority in Benguet province.

In Tai Kok Tsui, an elevator shaft was detached from a residential building under construction, falling more than 20 storeys to the roof of a nearby tenement building. Three people were said to be hit by trees and the other by building debris.

Storm surges raised sea levels as much as four meters higher than usual in Victoria Harbour.

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