Super typhoon slams into China

Mangkhut, which has already killed over 50 people in the Philippines, is thought to be the strongest storm to hit the region this year.

Target China

A super typhoon made landfall in China's Guangdong on Sunday, the country's most populous province, after wreaking havoc in Hong Kong and Macau and killing potentially more than 50 people in the Philippines. (All text: Reuters)

Storm of the year

Packing winds of more than 200 kph (125 mph) at its peak, tropical cyclone Mangkhut is considered the strongest to hit the region this year.

Stronger than Florence

Its strength outstripped that of Hurricane Florence, which achieved maximum sustained winds of 150 kmph (90 mph) when it roared into North Carolina in the United States on Friday.

High-rises shook

'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, Hong Kong. In photo: A journalist braves high waves at Heng Fa Chuen, a residential district near the waterfront in Hong Kong, China.

Trees fell

Hong Kong raised its highest No. 10 typhoon signal mid-morning as ferocious winds uprooted trees and smashed windows in office and residential buildings, some of which swayed in the gusts, residents said.

Prep

A local resident holds bottles of water at a supermarket in preparation for Typhoon Mangkhut, in Shenzhen, China.

The calm before the storm

A father and son take a selfie in front of a tightened-up sculpture at the financial Central district as Typhoon Mangkhut approaches Hong Kong, China, September 15, 2018.