The plans of tens of thousands of travellers were disrupted by flight cancellations at Hong Kong's worldwide airport, a major regional hub.
China has relocated over 2.45 million people and cancelled over 400 flights as super Typhoon Mangkhut made landfall in southern Guangdong province on Sunday after battering Hong Kong and killing 62 people in the Philippines. City officials raised the storm alert to T10, it's highest level. Hundreds of flights were canceled.
By Saturday, all fishing boats in coastal cities of Guangdong were called into harbour.
Airports and high-speed railways in Guangdong, too, were shut down, throttling traffic in one of world's most urbanized and densely populated regions, with 100 million people.
As it tore through the Philippines on Saturday, Mangkhut's wind gusts reached speeds of over 270 km/h.
In the eastern Hong Kong neighbourhood of Heng Fa Chien, residents of a flooded housing complex linked arms and held hands as they waded knee-deep through pools of rainwater in streets, parking lots and stores.
Hong Kong's high rise skyline swayed under the force of Manghkut, unnerving residents in the precipitously tall rocking buildings, as it swept through the island as a Signal 10, the highest possible typhoon warning level on Sunday. It then skirted south of Hong Kong and the neighboring gambling hub of Macau, before making landfall in China.
More than 13,500 households and businesses, mainly in the remote, rural areas of New Territories North, Yuen Long and Sai Kung, were still waiting for the restoration of power supplies. "I've lived here 30 years, and these storms only started looking like this with Hato last year", Hato was the biggest typhoon last year.
The government and casinos are took extra precautions after Macau was battered by Typhoon Hato past year, which left 12 dead.
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Police Director General Oscar Albayalde told the Associated Press that 20 people had died in the Cordillera region, four in Nueva Vizcaya province and another outside of the two regions, as the typhoon battered the rice-growing and mountain area Saturday.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte arrived in the affected province in Sunday to assess the damage and speak to disaster relief officials.
Meanwhile, Tseung Kwan O witnessed tsunami-like waves that turned many streets into small creeks while cars in many underground parking lots were left floating in floodwaters.
Many of those who sought cover in the two-story building thought it was sturdy but the storm was just too severe, with the avalanche covering it "in just a few seconds", Ullani said.
The National Food Authority planned to release almost 5,000 bags of rice to relief agencies and local government units, the Philippine Information Agency stated.
Rescue efforts continued Sunday in the Philippines, which weathered the brunt of Mangkhut's strength the day before. The ceiling of a district hospital, "leaving the emergency room, laboratory, Out Patient Department, terrace and lobby unusable", it said. "As gales and violent squalls are still occurring in places, precautions should not yet be relaxed", it added.
Mangkhut will weaken as it moves inland and could be downgraded to a tropical depression by Tuesday.