WATCH: Hong Kong and China on highest storm alert as typhoon approaches 3 years ago

WATCH: Hong Kong and China on highest storm alert as typhoon approaches

Footage of cranes collapsing and entire buildings swaying in the high winds have been shared on social media.

At least 40 people are reported to have been killed by the strongest storm to have hit in 2018 so far.

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Typhoon Mangkhut has already passed through the Phillipines, it is now bearing down on Hong Kong, before moving on to China.

The Hong Kong Observatory have reported that Mangkhut was recorded packing sustained winds of 173 kilometers per hour (107 miles per hour) and gusts up to 223 kilometers per hour (138 miles per hour) as the storm's eye passed south of the territory.

CNN are reporting that more than 550 flights have been canceled at airports in Hong Kong, and disrupting the travel plans of over 100,000 customers, while most of Hong Kong's public transport has been suspended.

The New York Times reported that for the first time ever, Macau, the Asian gambling capital nearby, closed its casinos because of a storm.

Lily Chiu, a 60-year-old caregiver in Hong Kong, told the news outlet that "These last few hours felt more severe than other typhoons I had experienced."

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