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While the southeastern United States is still dealing with torrential rains and massive flooding from Hurricane Florence, southeast Asia is dealing with the destructive power of its own superstorm, Typhoon Mangkhut. The Pacific storm lashed the northern Philippines on Saturday and the official death toll of 59 is expected to rise even further once authorities there finish digging out communities wiped out from the many landslides.
By Sunday afternoon, Mangkhut—also nicknamed “King of Storms” by the Chinese media—had reached the coast of southern China and was inflicting heavy rains and 140 mph-plus winds on Hong Kong. Initial government reports from Hong Kong estimated 213 people were injured by the storm, as the chilling images of Mangkhut’s impact on the city appeared across social media.
— Akiko Fujita (@AkikoFujita) September 16, 2018
One video showed the storm tearing down a massive scaffold on a high-rise building, sending steel and debris raining down onto the street below.
Scaffolding collapse at a building site in Kowloon pic.twitter.com/O69ILlXOJr
— 高地柏啲 (香港) (@HighlandPaddyHK) September 16, 2018
Another video of the street-level force of Mangkhut looked like a computer-generated scene out of a Hollyowwod disaster movie.
— #Thinker 🌀 (@706am) September 16, 2018