China braced as Typhoon Mangkhut hits Hong Kong

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Typhoon Mangkhut: Hong Kong and southern China are on red alert.

Hong Kong and southern China “face a severe test” from Typhoon Mangkhut and are urged to prepare for possible disasters.

Nearly half a million people have been evacuated from seven cities in Guangdong province, where Mangkhut is expected to make landfall today.

The gambling enclave of Macau closed down casinos for the first time and the Hong Kong Observatory warned people to stay away from the Victoria Harbour landmark.

The national meteorological center said southern China “will face a severe test caused by wind and rain” and urged officials to prepare for possible disasters.

The Hong Kong Observatory said although Mangkhut had weakened slightly, its extensive, intense rainbands were bringing heavy downfall. Hundreds of flights were canceled.

All high-speed and some normal rail services in Guangdong and Hainan provinces have been halted. At least 29 people have died from landslides and drownings in the northern Philippines.

Hong Kong and southern China on red alert over Typhoon Mangkhut.

Half a million people evacuated from seven cities in Guangdong province.

Hundreds of flights canceled and mass flooding in Hong Kong already before a storm makes landfall.

Mangkhut has already caused devastation in the Philippines, killing at least 28.

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