Typhoon Mangkhut lashes Hong Kong and mainland China after killing 49 in the Philippines

This grainy image shows seawater being sucked into the air in Taitung county, eastern Taiwan, as Super Typhoon Mangkhut approaches CREDIT: CNA PHOTO VIA AFP

At 4 p.m. local time, the storm was 110 kilometers (68 miles) west-southwest of Hong Kong, and heading for the surrounding Pearl River Delta, home to 120 million people, the HKO reported later Sunday. Mangkhut was expected to make landfall sometime Sunday evening in southern mainland China.

Along the coast, the gambling enclave of Macau, which was hit hard by Super Typhoon Hato last August, closed all its casinos, and all fishing boats from China’s Guangdong province have been called into port.

A shop owner is rescued by members of the fire brigade from a flooded area of Macau on Sunday.

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The storm is expected to be one for Hong Kong’s record books. It’s only the 15th time in the last 60 years that a storm has been classified as T10; the last was for Super Typhoon Hato last year.

In Hong Kong’s famous Victoria Harbour and fishing villages, water levels could surge by up to four metres, authorities said earlier. Hundreds of residents were evacuated to storm shelters as the observatory forecast severe flooding for low-lying areas.

Shop windows were taped up and the normally traffic-clogged streets were deserted.

The government warned people to stay indoors but some were strolling in parks or along the waterfront on Sunday morning.

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On Saturday, it plowed into the Philippines, flattening homes in small towns and villages on the northern island of Luzon. The presidential spokesperson for Rodrigo Duterte told reporters Sucompiledt 40 people had died.

The official death toll compiled by the Philippines disaster agency still stands at zero as it instituted a stringent criteria for associating deaths with storms following Typhoon Haiyan in 2013.