195km/h winds as killer typhoon blasts China
Typhoon Mangkhut has continued wreaking havoc, belting Hong Kong with mammoth gales and rain, as it moved along the coast of China’s Guangdong Province after its deadly progress through the Philippines.
Heavy winds blew out apartment building windows and toppled trees across the city yesterday.
The Hospital Authority said 34 people were injured. The death toll in the Philippines from the storm hit 25.
In Hong Kong, images of a residential apartment and an office building with their windows blown out circulated on social media. Fallen trees forced closures of roads and tunnels.
The typhoon had a top wind speed of 195km/h, according to the US Navy and Air Force’s Joint Typhoon Warning Centre in Hawaii. Almost 900 flights were cancelled yesterday.
An average wind speed of 155km/h was recorded on Waglan Island, an outlying island of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported, breaking records set by typhoon Wanda in 1962 and typhoon York 1999.
Waves about two to three-storeys high surged over the banks of eastern Hong Kong Island, washing away sandbags.
Surges of 4.5m were recorded in Tolo Harbour in north-east Hong Kong.
Empty trawlers and barges could be seen floating in piles, after being blown out at sea.
Mangkhut was expected to make landfall in western parts of Guangdong Province last night, the China Meteorological Administration said. It issued the highest typhoon alert.
In Macau, the government suspended all casino operations as Mangkhut approached on Saturday, saying it would review the suspension once the typhoon had passed.
Yesterday’s havoc comes after the typhoon tore across the Philippines northern island on Saturday, leaving a trail of destruction. Many of those people killed were victims of landslides.
Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong.