Super typhoon Mangkhut, also known as Ompong, is a typhoon which meteorologists called the most powerful storm so far this year. It struck the Philippines on Saturday, causing flooding and wind damage. Early Sunday morning, officials raised the current death toll at 25. It had weakened overnight but was still a severe typhoon with wind gusts of up to 160 miles per hour.
Manila, a city in the Phillipenes and one of the world’s most densely populated cities, suffered from flooding and damage but wasn’t hit as hard as feared as the eye of the typhoon passed towards the north.
When it hit Hong Kong on Sunday, storm swells along the coastline caused waves as high as 40 feet. The city of Hong Kong issued its highest typhoon warning, a signal ten. A landslide warning was also issued, urging people to stay away from steep hills and retaining hills, and residents in vulnerable areas were told to evacuate.
The city’s airport canceled at least 543 flights and delayed many others, affecting nearly 100,000 travelers. In addition, the outdoor sections of the city’s subway system were closed. A crane collapsed in Mong Kok, however, no injuries were reported.
Also, due to the severity of the typhoon, casinos in Macau closed for the first time as the typhoon approached the territory. On Sunday, the typhoon headed towards Guangdong on the mainland, China’s most populous province. A mandatory evacuation of low-lying areas was underway, and fishing vessels were ordered into well-protected anchorages.
The satellite image in the header shows Super Typhoon Mangkhut as it neared the Philippines on Saturday.