The Hong Kong Observatory on Monday (Sept 17) lowered its rating on Typhoon Mangkhut, which carved a deadly path through the Philippines earlier and is now battering China's Guangdong province, by one notch to Strong Wind Signal No. 3.
Residents hunkered down in their apartments, and streets in the usually buzzing city were deserted Sunday.
Authorities had issued their maximum alert, warning residents to stay indoors and away from windows to avoid flying debris.
The hurtling storm then skirted south of Hong Kong and the neighbouring gambling hub of Macau, before making landfall in China.
Mangkhut was still expected to bring heavy rain to Hong Kong, with flood warnings in place for low-lying areas.
The European Union (EU) has expressed its readiness to assist the Philippines in the recovery and relief operations due to the destruction caused by Typhoon "Ompong", the European Delegation in Manila said.
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The transport disruptions were expected to persist over the week ahead, although most ferry operators, franchised buses on 120 out of more than 600 routes, and minibuses on 600 out of 655 routes, had resumed services by late afternoon.
The China Meteorological Administration said the typhoon, dubbed "King of Storms", swept west to Guangxi province at 6 a.m. (2200 GMT on Sunday) and weakened to a "tropical storm".
Typhoon Mangkhut smashes windows of a commercial building in Hung Hom, Kowloon, in Hong Kong.
In Macau, next door to Hong Kong, casinos were ordered to close from 11:00pm Saturday, the first time such action was taken in the city. In the Philippines, where most of the deaths have occurred, a landslide caused by the storm is mainly to blame.
The storm skirted past China's semi-autonomous city of Hong Kong, where Mangkhut's renewed winds reached 117mph, rattling skyscrapers, toppling trees, and tearing scaffolding from construction sites.
The head of the military's Northern Luzon Command, Emmanuel Salamat, told Reuters that at least 19 more were killed in landslides in one part of Benguet Province alone.
At least 391 people were injured by falling debris as winds whipped through the city, slicing through hundreds of trees and causing deep flooding in low-lying areas such as Hang Fa Chuen and Siu Sai Wan, which were badly hit by Typhoon Hato previous year.
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"They thought they were really safe there", the mayor said Sunday.
MTR Corp, the city's sole rail operator, revealed that a number of ground sections of its service lines were affected by fallen trees and objects.
Officials say Typhoon Mangkhut hit the Philippines with winds of at least 205 kilometers an hour.
People who had crowded into evacuation centres were receiving government food packages, Ms Villamar said, and water was being delivered as the mains supply had been compromised.
Storms are more likely in the Southeast Asian region.
Philippine National Police Director General Oscar Albayalde told The Associated Press that 20 people died in the Cordillera mountain region, four in nearby Nueva Vizcaya province and another outside of the two regions.
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