Residential areas in various districts in Hong Kong were hit by heavy wind and rain on Sunday (September 16) morning as “super typhoon” Mangkhut hurled towards the city.

The typhoon has been gaining in strength over the South China sea after tearing through the Philippines, where its trail of devastation killed at least seven.

In Hong Kong’s Heng Fa Chuen housing estate, large amounts of water were seen to hitting the promenade among the waterfront. Authorities hoisted the highest No. 10 tropical cyclone signal at 9:40 a.m. (0140 GMT), warning residents to be mindful of safety and to avoid waterfront areas.

Hong Kong residents in fishing villages such as Tai O were assisted by government officers to evacuate, to mitigate damage from flooding in low-lying areas.

Mangkhut, the Thai name for Southeast Asia’s mangosteen fruit, was expected to skirt 100 km (62 miles) south of Hong Kong and veer west towards the coast of China’s Guangdong province, and the gaming centre of Macau later in the day.

By Thomson Reuters | Image: Super Typhoon Mangkhut floods (Sep 16, 2018). Photo: TVB (via Reuters)

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