Shocking video footage from East Asia shows the battering that much of the area is currently facing, as typhoon Mangkhut tears through – nicknamed by Chinese media as the ‘King of the Storms’.
Considered the strongest storm of this year, the typhoon has killed as many as 49 in the Philippines, where landslides caused by heavy rain have been affecting the area.
In Hong Kong, authorities issued the maximum alert, warning people to stay indoors – with winds reportedly reaching more than 110mph (177kph).
According to the BBC, officials have said the number of injured sits at 111, and more than 800 flights have been cancelled at Hong Kong International Airport, affecting over 100,000 passengers.
“It’s the worst I’ve seen,” local Martin Wong told Reuters.
“I’ve not seen the roads flood like this, (and) the windows shake like this, before.”
But it seems not everyone has taken the advice to stay inside and buckle up.
“I went running this morning. I love fresh air and there’s no one on the streets, no cars. On normal days we can’t see this,” Hong Kong resident Hao Chen told the AFP news agency.
Starting a thread of various videos today in HK and Shenzhen as the world’s strongest storm #TyphoonManghkut wiping our cities. (Videos are not mine but collected from messages doing the rounds w WhatsApp and WeChat) pic.twitter.com/FXU5ITrFqN
— Jen Zhu (@jenzhuscott) September 16, 2018