Hong Kong is currently suffering through an immense typhoon, called Mangkhut, which began raging early Sunday morning.
— #Thinker ? (@706am) September 16, 2018
China is now faced with the terrifying effects of what the storm can do after it passed through the Philippines less than two days ago. The Philippines reported that 64 people died when the storm ripped through the island nation. Nearly 5 million people were misplaced to get to safety.
Now, the storm tears through one of China’s largest cities. As it stands, two people have died in China’s Guangdong province, with over 2.4 million people relocated to get to safety, according to the Associated Press.
It’s hard to pass up the chance to take some incredible videos, however, with waves expected to hit 40 feet in height and winds reaching 127 miles per hour. Onlookers have already posted videos and pictures of the intense street flooding and what appears to be a crane collapsing against a skyscraper in the middle of the city, ready to crash down to the ground at any moment.
Scaffolding collapse at a building site in Kowloon pic.twitter.com/O69ILlXOJr
— 高地柏啲 (香港) (@HighlandPaddyHK) September 16, 2018
Some buildings are even shaking thanks to the force of the winds.
— Akiko Fujita (@AkikoFujita) September 16, 2018
— Britt Clennett (@BrittClennett) September 16, 2018
— Jen Zhu (@jenzhuscott) September 16, 2018
According to NPR, the Philippine Red Cross reported that rescue efforts, including nighttime searches for missing people, will take place. The military also plans to send airplanes and helicopters for relief and rescue operations, according to CNN.
Typhoon Mangkhut is expected to move west over northern Vietnam as the week progresses.