Mangkhut kills at least 78 after lashing Philippines, China

By Courtney Spamer, AccuWeather meteorologist
By Eric Leister, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
September 18, 2018, 9:58:19 AM EDT


After turning deadly in the northern Philippines, Mangkhut unleashed damaging winds and flooding rain across southern China.

At least 74 people have died in the Philippines as a result of the storm, according to Aljazeera. Most of these deaths have occurred in the Philippines. Four other deaths from the storm were reported in China.

Dozens of people remain missing in the northern Philippines. Most of the missing are feared buried in a landslide after seeking shelter in a chapel in Benguet province.

Mangkhut, known as Ompong in the Philippines, made landfall on the northern tip of Luzon on Friday night, local time.

The storm reached peak intensity on Wednesday evening when Mangkhut became the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic and eastern Pacific.

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In this Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, file photo, residents walk along destroyed stalls at a public market due to strong winds as Typhoon Mangkhut barreled across Tuguegrao City in Cagayan province, northeastern Philippines.

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A resident cleans up pieces from a tree that was toppled by strong winds from Typhoon Mangkhut as it barreled across Tuguegarao city in Cagayan province, northeastern Philippines on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018.

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In this Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, file photo, a resident walks beside a toppled basketball court after Typhoon Mangkhut barreled across Tuguegarao city, Cagayan province, northeastern Philippines.

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Residents work to repair a damaged roof due to strong winds from Typhoon Mangkhut after it barreled across Tuguegarao city in Cagayan province, northeastern Philippines on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018.

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Residents and relatives of miners in Itogon township, Benguet province in the northern Philippines, carry their belongings as they evacuate to following landslides triggered by Typhoon Mangkhut burying an unknown number of miners and isolating the township Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018.

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Residents and relatives of miners in Itogon township, Benguet province in the northern Philippines, carry their belongings as they evacuate to following landslides triggered by Typhoon Mangkhut burying an unknown number of miners and isolating the township Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018.

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Workers transfer sacks of grains from a toppled truck that fell into an area where the road was being repaired following floodwaters in Cagayan province, northeastern Philippines on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018.

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In this Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, photo, residents stand by a flooded road following the onslaught of Typhoon Mangkhut in Tuguegarao City in Cagayan province, northeastern Philippines.

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In this Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, photo, a family shares a meal using a flashlight inside a temporary evacuation center as electricity was shut-off following the onslaught of Typhoon Mangkhut in Tuguegarao City in Cagayan province, northeastern Philippines.

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People walk through floodwaters caused by Typhoon Mangkhut on the waterfront in Hong Kong, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018. Hong Kong and southern China hunkered down as strong winds and heavy rain from Typhoon Mangkhut lash the densely populated coast.


Debris was hurtled through the air as the powerful typhoon crossed the northern Philippines, with roofs being ripped off of homes, businesses and many trees and power lines downed.

“Almost all of the buildings here have been damaged, the roofs were blown away,” Rogelio Sending, a government official in Tuguegarao, the capital of Cagayan, told Reuters. “There has been no electricity supply ... communications were also down."

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Motorists negotiate a flooded street following heavy rains and strong winds brought about by Typhoon Mangkhut which barreled into northeastern Philippines before dawn Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018 in Manila, Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)


“We’ve received reports that many trees were uprooted and electric posts toppled and are blocking the roads. This makes the clearing operations really difficult.”

Nearly 30 inches (762 mm) of rain was reported in Baguio, Philippines, with 269 mm (11 inches) reported in Tuguegarao, Philippines, leaving cars stranded in flooded roadways.

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A fallen tree caused by Typhoon Mangkhut lies on a footpath in Hong Kong, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018. Hong Kong and southern China hunkered down as strong winds and heavy rain from Typhoon Mangkhut lash the densely populated coast. The biggest storm of the year left at least 28 dead from landslides and drownings as it sliced through the northern Philippines. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)


Mangkhut made a second landfall in southern China's Guangdong province on Sunday afternoon, local time, with the strength of a Category 2 hurricane.

More than 2.4 million people in Guangdong evacuated ahead of the typhoon, while nearly 50,000 fishing boats returned to port. Casinos in Macau were closed for the first time in history, according to the AP.

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Hong Kong International Airport recorded a wind gust of 154 km/h (96 mph) on Sunday and winds gusted as high as 198 km/h (123 mph) on the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge. Mangkhut is the strongest tropical cyclone to strike Hong Kong since 1979.

The storm forced the closure of Hong Kong Disneyland on Monday. The park reopened on Tuesday; however, some attractions remained closed for repairs.

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