At least 33 miners were confirmed dead and 29 others missing in the mining town of Itogon in the northern Philippine Benguet province due to typhoon-triggered landslides, authorities said on Sunday. Residents were told to avoid Hong Kong's harbors, including the iconic Victoria Harbor, where storm surges have caused the water level to rise dramatically.
"These last few hours felt more severe than other typhoons I had experienced", Chiu said, after speakers announced that train services to the station near her home had been suspended. The discovery of the 11 bodies raises the death toll in the Philippines from 54 to 65.
Crescencio Bacalso, the governor of Benguet, a province that includes Itogon, also cited a tragic case in Baguio, the region's largest city, where small-scale miners were helping to find a woman whose house had been buried.
More than 2.4 million people had been evacuated in southern China's Guangdong province by Sunday evening to flee the massive typhoon and almost 50,000 fishing boats were called back to port, state media reported. People were warned to prepare for the worst by government officials.
Motorists negotiate a flooded street following heavy rains and strong winds brought about by Typhoon Mangkhut, in Manila, Philippines, Sept. 15, 2018.
As the storm swirled through the night, it seemed likely that casualties and damage would grow, with the full impact of the typhoon becoming clearer Monday morning.
Mangkhut has been downgraded to a tropical storm this morning.
Rail, airline and ferry services have been restored and casinos in the gambling enclave of Macau have reopened for business.
The storm shattered glass windows on commercial skyscrapers in Hong Kong, sending sheets of paper pouring out of the buildings, fluttering and spiraling as they headed for the debris-strewn ground, according to videos on social media.
Rescue workers in the Philippines are recovering bodies from the mud and debris of a landslide caused when Typhoon Mangkhut hit Itogon in the country's north, as officials say they hold out little hope of finding any survivors beneath the rubble.
The typhoon struck at the start of the rice and corn harvesting season in the Philippines' northern breadbasket, prompting farmers to scramble to save what they could of their crops, Cagayan Gov. Manuel Mamba said. Authorities there raised the storm warning signal to T10 earlier, the highest possible level.