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The Latest: 2 dead after typhoon slams into southern China, 2.4 million people evacuated
A super typhoon barreled towards the Chinese coast on September 16 after it moved past Hong Kong and through the Philippines.
State broadcaster CCTV showed footage of high waves destroying windows as they crashed into a hotel restaurant in Shenzhen, while debris flew across streets and high waves pummeled the coast.
Packing gale force winds of more than 200 kph (125 mph), tropical cyclone Mangkhut is considered the strongest to hit the region this year, equivalent to a maximum Category 5 "intense hurricane" in the Atlantic.
The typhoon dubbed the "King of Storms" by Chinese media, is expected to make landfall in Guangdong between the cities of Taishan and Yangjiang as early as 1700 local time, weather officials say.