HONG KONG – Typhoon Mangkhut landed on the southeastern coast of China on Sunday, causing more than 100,000 people to evacuate, killing Hong Kong at wind speeds of up to 100 miles an hour, causing 11-foot storm surges in the city's port.
In southern China, the storm collapsed at 17 o'clock. in the province of Jiangmen, Guangdong Province, with wind speeds of 100 miles or 160 kilometers per hour, the official news agency Xinhua reported. State news media said more than 100,000 people had been evacuated from the province.
The typhoon was thought to be weakening as it traversed mainland China, but it has already taken a significant toll: landslides in the Philippines spiked dozens of people, including people in a church and a miners' dormitory, as the rescuers move in.
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For Hong Kong, a city that can be denigrated by tropical storms, Mangkhut was different. The typhoon picked up speed as it traversed the South China Sea from its deadly march through the Philippines, landed a direct hit in Hong Kong Sunday afternoon and swept through the tall buildings of the city
Until then, the streets of the city were deserted and deserted, as most residents obeyed the local weather authority Signal 10 Storm Warning – its highest level. For the first time, Macau, the nearby Asian gambling capital, has shut down its casinos due to a storm. But some tourists and locals ventured outside to marvel at the storm. "We came to see the wind," a father said after he and his son walked around the block.
Hong Kong Airport, a central transit point for much of Asia, has been virtually closed, and nearly 1,000 flights have been canceled or postponed. The outskirts of the city's famous subway system have been decommissioned, and the high-speed line in neighboring Guangdong Province has also been shut down.
The intensity of the storm in Hong Kong tested a city that has developed complicated typhoon protection measures. The mountainous terrain of the city usually prevents flooding. Retaining walls on steep slopes prevent deadly landslides.
But on Sunday they threatened to fail, and the Hong Kong Observatory instituted a landslide campaign in which people were asked to stay away from steep hills and retaining walls and issue evacuation notices to residents in areas with landslides. Temporary accommodations have been opened.
The residents of Hong Kong had prepared for the incident by stocking themselves with groceries the night before, clearing shelves with many items, and instructing some merchants to raise the price of the tape people use on windows. On Sunday, most residents settled in their homes, while those in more flood-prone areas sought shelter in shelters.
When the storm went down, people accepted Facebook and WhatsApp newsgroups, circulating images of hasty arrangements: cars and motorcycles mummified with cling film, interiors with spider web-like tape. An Instagram user changed an image to put Spider-Man on the side of a Hong Kong building where he had taped a window.
But as the storm unleashed its full power, the posts became more sinister. Videos showed how glass windows and doors shattered, pedestrians were blown off the floor, and residents frantically scooped rain from their balconies to prevent flooding.
Near Mong Kok, the collapse of a crane was filmed at a construction site, but no injuries were reported.
Frightening winds caused storm surges of up to 11 feet at Victoria Harbor, which separates Hong Kong Island from the rest of the city. The winds in Hong Kong began to decline in the afternoon as the typhoon hit the Pearl River Estuary in Guangdong Province, whose accumulation of megacities is being considered particularly vulnerable to climate change. The province is home to more than 100 million people.
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Lily Chiu, a 60-year-old caregiver in Hong Kong, stayed overnight at the nursing home, where she worked to avoid commuting to an early shift when the storm broke. Apart from the tape on the windows of the residents' rooms, it was a normal day at work, with hot meals on schedule, but something was different.
"These last few hours felt worse than other typhoons I've experienced," she said after the announcers announced that train connections to the station near their home had been stopped because of the storm. She was preparing to go home.
In the eastern Hong Kong district of Heng Fa Chien, the inhabitants of a flooded residential complex tied their arms and hands as they waded knee-deep through rainwater basins that flooded the streets, parking lots and shops in low-lying areas.
"How should I go home?" Asked an elderly man desperately in a phone.
"Heng Fa Chuen has become a water reservoir," said May Siu, a longtime resident. "I lived here for 30 years and these storms started last year with only Hato," she said, referring to the biggest typhoon last year.
Shaking his head at the broken lampposts and flooded entrances, local residents said that Sunday's storm had done far more damage than last year. Then the teenagers rolled up their shorts and prepared to wade home through drifting debris.