Typhoon Mangkhut: Deadly typhoon lands in south China

Commuters brave the rain and strong winds in Manila Philippines

Commuters brave the rain and strong winds in Manila Philippines

It threatened to be the strongest typhoon to hit Hong Kong in almost two decades.

As it moved across the South China Sea, Mangkhut triggered a maximum "T10" typhoon signal in the high-rise city of Hong Kong.

Hong Kong authorities have been warning residents about the storm for days.

The storm also brought transportation in the region to a halt.

A relaxing holiday has taken a terrifying turn for a group of New Zealanders caught up in Typhoon Mangkhut.

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. Muddy river waters swamped entire communities and the coastal city of Wilmington, North Carolina, was cut off by the flood waters.

The airport in the boomtown of Shenzhen has been shut since midnight, and will be closed until 8 a.m. (2400 GMT) Monday.

In 2013, Typhoon Haiyan left more than 7,300 people dead or missing, flattened villages and displaced more than 5 million in the central Philippines.

Hong Kong residents were told to stay away from the coastline and be on alert for occasional gales.

In the Philippines, the New York Times reports more than 60 were killed in landslides and flooding, while millions are affected with homes and communities destroyed. The government said 1,219 people have sought sanctuary in 48 temporary shelters set up in various districts.

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At least four people were killed in China's southern Guangdong province as a result of Typhoon Mangkhut, Chinese state television has reported.

"They were barricading doors with sandbags, tying the handles together with zip ties which was a little bit scary", she said.

Tens of thousands of fishing boats - fishing is a main part of the region's economy, along with chemical and steel works - were ordered to port before the storm.

Mangkhut made landfall near the Chinese city of Taishan at 5:00p.m. Sunday with winds still howling at 100mph.

The storm shattered glass windows on commercial skyscrapers in Hong Kong, sending sheets of paper pouring out of the buildings, fluttering and spiraling as they headed for the debris-strewn ground, according to videos on social media.

Gusts of 100 miles per hour were still lashing Hong Kong, and more than 2.5 million people had been evacuated from the region.

Francis Tolentino, a political adviser to President Rodrigo Duterte, told the BBC that he estimated only a fifth of produce there had been harvested in advance - threatening staples like rice and corn.

Economic losses in Hong Kong and across China could reach $50 billion on top of the $16 billion to $20 billion it probably exacted in the Philippines, said Chuck Watson, a disaster modeler for Enki Research in Savannah, Georgia.

At least 391 people were injured by falling debris as winds whipped through the city, slicing through hundreds of trees and causing deep flooding in low-lying areas such as Hang Fa Chuen and Siu Sai Wan, which were badly hit by Typhoon Hato past year. It also said more than 13,300 hectares of farmland had been damaged.

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