195km/h winds as killer typhoon blasts China

The West Australian - - WORLD - Carol Zhong, Ce­cilia Yap and Stephen Tan Hong Kong

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.

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