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Millions evacuated as typhoon batters south China

Two people have been killed and 2.5 million evacuated as Typhoon Mangkhut slams south China.

Mangkhut, which also hit Hong Kong, is packing winds of up to 125mph and has triggered storm surges as high as 10ft in Guangdong province.

It earlier caused devastation in the Philippines, leaving at least 64 people dead and more than 40 more, mostly gold miners, trapped in a landslide.

HONG KONG, HONG KONG - SEPTEMBER 16: A man carrying a woman cross a flooded road on September 16, 2018 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong. City officials raised the storm alert to T10, it's highest level,as Typhoon Mangkhut landed on Hong Kong. The strongest tropical storm of the season so far with winds as fast as 200 kilometres per hour, Mangkhut has reportedly killed at least 25 people in the Philippines as it continues it's path towards southern China. (Photo by Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images)
The storm has devasted Hong Kong, damaging buildings and flooding

As the typhoon moved on to southern China and densely populated Hong Kong, it smashed windows and forced the cancellation of 889 flights.

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

Gale force winds uprooted trees and swayed high-rise buildings, according to Hong Kong residents.

“It swayed for quite a long time, at least two hours. It made me feel so dizzy,” said Elaine Wong, who lives in a high-rise tower in Kowloon, northern Hong Kong.

Boats dashed against shore in Hong Kong as typhoon sweeps past


Typhoon throws boats into Hong Kong shore

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

Typhoon Mangkhut had the equivalent strength of a category 5 Atlantic hurricane when it made landfall on the Philippines on Saturday.

About 87,000 people had evacuated from high-risk areas of the Philippines.

They were advised not to return home until the danger had passed.

Hong Kong’s home affairs department said it had opened 48 temporary shelters and was currently housing more than 1,200 people displaced by the storm.

Meanwhile, Hong Kong’s hospital authority reported that 213 people had sought medical treatment as a result of the typhoon.

A pedestrian uses a plastic poncho during Super Typhoon Mangkhut in Hong Kong on September 16, 2018. - Typhoon Mangkhut rocked Hong Kong en route to mainland China on September 16, injuring scores and sending skyscrapers swaying, after killing at least 30 people in the Philippines and ripping a swathe of destruction through its agricultural heartland. (Photo by Anthony WALLACE / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP/Getty Images)
Millions of people were told to evacuate their homes in Guangdong province

Transport services on Hong Kong Island have been suspended, as have ferries to mainland China.

Hong Kong’s government has warned employers they could face prosecution if they don’t recognise the dangers in demanding their employees come to work, or if they threatened to dock workers’ annual leave for sheltering during the storm.

The Hong Kong Observatory said that although Mangkhut had weakened slightly, its extensive, intense rainbands were bringing heavy downfall.

Authorities in southern China have issued a red weather alert, the most severe warning, as forecasters said the region would face a “severe test caused by wind and rain” and urged officials to prepare for possible disasters.

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