Chaos of Typhoon Mangkhut captured in videos posted by netizens in Hong Kong, China

Typhoon Mangkhut wreaked havoc in Hong Kong and parts of the southern coast of China on Sunday (Sept 16), after first causing chaos in the Philippines, killing dozens of people there.

Netizens in Hong Kong and mainland China have taken to social media to post videos of the widespread destruction caused by winds of more than 250kmh and waves over 12m high.

In videos posted to Twitter, heavy rains and winds can be seen whipping pavements and buildings.

In one clip, what appears to be scaffolding falls off a building while in another video, documents and files are tossed hither and yon as they are carried on the raging gusts.

Another clip widely circulated on Chinese messaging app WeChat shows water flooding the atrium of the Sheraton Dameisha Resort, a hotel in Shenzhen.

Typhoon Mangkhut leaves trail of destruction in HK, China and Philippines

  • Hong Kong began a massive clean-up Monday after Typhoon Mangkhut raked the city, shredding trees and bringing damaging floods, in a trail of destruction that has left dozens dead in the Philippines and millions evacuated in southern China.
  • A taxi is left abandoned after breaking down in floodwaters during Super Typhoon Mangkhut in Hong Kong on September 16, 2018.
  • A road is blocked by a fallen tree during Super Typhoon Mangkhut in Hong Kong on September 16, 2018.
  • Trees felled by Typhoon Mangkhut litter a road in Hong Kong, China in this still image from a September 16, 2018 video from social media.
  • A car breaks down in a flooded tunnel during Super Typhoon Mangkhut in Hong Kong on September 16, 2018
  • Damage caused by Typhoon Mangkhut is seen in Hong Kong, China in this still image from a September 16, 2018 video from social media.
  • Waves caused by Typhoon Mangkhut is seen in Hong Kong, China in this still image from a September 16, 2018 video from social media.
  • Damage caused by Typhoon Mangkhut is seen in Hong Kong, China in this still image from a September 16, 2018 video from social media.
  • Broken glass is seen in a restaurant as Typhoon Mangkhut makes landfall in China's Guangdong province, in Shenzhen, on Sept 16, 2018.
  • Damaged windows of the One Harbourfront office tower are seen following Typhoon Mangkhut, in Hong Kong, China September 16, 2018.
  • A taxi is abandoned in floodwaters during Super Typhoon Mangkhut in Hong Kong on September 16, 2018.
  • Waves spilling over a sea barrier as Typhoon Mangkhut approaches Hong Kong on Sept 16, 2018.
  • In videos posted to Twitter, heavy rains and winds can be seen whipping pavements and buildings.
  • Cars are stranded in seawater as high waves hit the shore at Heng Fa Chuen, a residental district near the waterfront, during Typhoon Mangkhut in Hong Kong on Sept 16, 2018.
  • A car tries to navigate in the floodwaters in Heng Fa Chuen, a residential district near the waterfront in Hong Kong, during Typhoon Mangkhut on Sept 16, 2018.
  • Foam washed ashore by high waves is seen in Heng Fa Chuen, a residential district near the waterfront in Hong Kong, during Typhoon Mangkhut on Sept 16, 2018.
  • Waves crashes on the beach during Typhoon Mangkhut in Hong Kong, China September 16, 2018 in this still image obtained from a social media video.
  • A damage is seen on a scaffolding during Typhoon Mangkhut in Hong Kong, China September 16, 2018 in this still image obtained from a social media video.
  • A flooded area is seen after typhoon Mangkhut in Hong Kong, China in this still image taken from video on September 16, 2018.
  • Residents wade though flood water as high waves hit the shore at Heng Fa Chuen, a residential district near the waterfront, following Typhoon Mangkhut in Hong Kong, China September 16, 2018.
  • Large waves hit Repulse Bay beach as Typhoon Mangkhut slams into Hong Kong on Sept 16, 2018.
  • People walk through a flooded shopping mall in Heng Fa Chuen, a residential district near the waterfront in Hong Kong, during Typhoon Mangkhut on Sept 16, 2018.
  • A woman runs in the rainstorm as Typhoon Mangkhut approaches in Shenzhen, China, on Sept 16, 2018.
  • A photojournalist walks amongst plastic debris blown by strong winds in Heng Fa Chuen during Typhoon Mangkhut in Hong Kong on Sept 16, 2018.
  • Broken glass is seen in a restaurant as Typhoon Mangkhut makes landfall in China's Guangdong province, in Shenzhen, on Sept 16, 2018.
  • A fire rescue worker helps a child cross a flooded street in the village of Lei Yu Mun during Typhoon Mangkhut in Hong Kong on Sept 16, 2018.
  • Fire rescue members help a woman to cross a flooded street in the village of Lei Yu Mun during Super Typhoon Mangkhut in Hong Kong on September 16, 2018.
  • A general view shows a street flooded from a storm surge during Super Typhoon Mangkhut in Macau on September 16, 2018.
  • Bamboo scaffolding is brought down during Typhoon Mangkhut in Macau on Sept 16, 2018.
  • A women (C) steps through rubbish and debris left by Super Typhoon Mangkhut in Macau on September 16, 2018.
  • People battle strong winds as they cross a street ahead of the arrival of Super Typhoon Mangkhut in Yangjiang in China's Guangdong province on September 16, 2018.
  • A man carrying an umbrella runs under heavy rain and strong winds ahead of the arrival of Super Typhoon Mangkhut in Yangjiang in China's Guangdong province on September 16, 2018.
  • This photo by Taiwan agency CNA Photo taken and released on September 15, 2018 shows residents standing amongst debris at Shang Wu fishing port in Taitung county, eastern Taiwan, as Super Typhoon Mangkhut approached waters near southern Taiwan.
  • Aerial shot of houses destroyed at the height of Typhoon Mangkhut in Gattaran, in Cagayan province, on September 16, 2018.
  • Children use a basin to cross a flooded street in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Mangkhut at Salonga Compound in Calumpit, Bulacan on September 16, 2018.
  • Rescuers retrieve one of the bodies trapped in a mudslide as a relative cries in Baguio City, north of Manila on September 16, 2018.
  • A man walks past aN uprooted tree a day after super Typhoon Mangkhut in Yangjiang, in Guangdong province on September 17, 2018.

Mr Matt Bossons, a guest at the Shenzhen hotel, told The Straits Times that flood water levels had risen about 10 feet, or 3m, since the morning.

Water from the beach had started flowing into the hotel’s pool at about 9am, the 28-year-old Canadian said.

But by around 11am, the storm surged, and water started battering the hotel’s door and flooding its patio and buffet restaurant.

“I think most guests are understandably concerned about the strength of the storm, but I speak for myself and my family in that we believe we are safe here,” said the Guangzhou-based journalist, adding that hotel staff have been very helpful.

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