'Super typhoon' nears Hong Kong, China after slamming Philippines

'Super typhoon' nears Hong Kong, China after slamming Philippines

It comes a day after the biggest storm of the year left at least 36 dead from landslides and drownings in the northern Philippines.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Sunday lifted all storm signal warnings in the country, after Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) exited the country on Saturday night.

Guangdong is on its highest alert for the storm, which also hit Hong Kong, where it swayed skyscrapers and blew out windows.

Tens of thousands of passengers were stranded in the city's worldwide airport on Sunday, the airport authority said, with airlines including the city's flagship carrier, Cathay Pacific, having already cancelled many flights.

The Hong Kong Observatory reported Mangkhut was the most powerful cyclone to hit the city since 1979, packing maximum sustained gusts of 195 kilometres per hour.

In Hong Kong, all schools, including six universities, will be closed Monday.

While the death toll is now 54, with 32 people injured and 42 more missing, this is likely to rise in the coming days as rescue teams work to locate 36 people believed to be buried beneath landslides in the Cordillera Administrative Region, in the north of Luzon island.

"Because Mangkhut will bring winds and rains of extraordinary speeds, scope and severity, our preparation and response efforts will be greater than in the past", Lee said.

A Philippine mayor says it's highly unlikely any of the 40 to 50 people who are feared buried in a huge mudslide set off by Typhoon Mangkhut can be found alive.

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The typhoon is expected to make landfall around the Chinese port of Zhanjiang in western Guangdong on Sunday evening.

Chinese authorities in Guangdong province have called back more than 30,000 fishing boats and taken precautions at two nuclear power plants that are in the storm's path.

More than 2.45 million people were evacuated in China's Guangdong province as Mangkhut made landfall at 5pm local time.

Jerome Balinton, a spokesman for Save the Children who was on the ground in north-eastern Luzon, said: "The further north we travelled the more extensive the damage, particularly in Cagayan province".

"Almost all of the buildings here have been damaged, the roofs were blown away", said Rogelio Sending, a government official in Tuguegarao, the capital of Cagayan.

The national police also say 45 other people are missing and 33 were injured in the massive storm, which battered the northern Philippines on Saturday.

The storm weakened considerably after its powerful assault on the Philippines' island of Luzon, where at least 28 have died and more than 150,000 were displaced.

In the mining town of Itogon, at least 33 miners died after being buried under a landslide.

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