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At Least 47 Dead in Asia From Typhoon Usagi

The strongest storm of the year wrecked havoc on China and the Philippines.

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A man runs away from a huge wave pushed up by Typhoon Usagi on Sunday in Shantou, China.

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At least 47 people were killed across Southeast Asia after being slammed by the most powerful tropical storm of the year.

Satellite image of Super Typhoon Usagi as it heads west-northwest on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, between the Philippines and Taiwan toward China. The storm is the world's strongest of the year so far, with peak winds over 160 mph. (Japan Meteorological Agency/NOAA/Getty Images)

Satellite image of Super Typhoon Usagi as it heads west-northwest Friday between the Philippines and Taiwan toward China.

 

Typhoon Usagi was expected to ravage Hong Kong on Sunday. The storm narrowly missed and instead battered the province of Guangdong northeast of the city, where state news agency Xinhua reported at least 25 deaths. More than 300,000 people were relocated and 8,490 homes were destroyed as of Monday.

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Rescuers wade through chest-deep floodwaters along a street on Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, in Manila, Philippines. Monsoon rains worsened by Typhoon Usagi pounded the Philippines for the third day Monday, causing floods and landslides that left six people dead and many others stranded. (Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images)

Rescuers wade through chest-deep floodwaters Monday along a street in Manila, Philippines.

Xinhua added that the direct economic loss from the storm has already totaled roughly $1.16 billion.

Though no fatalities were reported in Hong Kong, the storm wrecked havoc on the city's transportation. Hong Kong International Airport cancelled more than 300 flights. Hong Kong's intercity trains were suspended until Tuesday, Xinhua reported. Airport officials were still dealing with a backlog of flights Monday.

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Passengers whose travel plans were affected by Typhoon Usagi wait at airline counters Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, at Hong Kong's international airport.

Passengers wait at airline counters Monday at Hong Kong's international airport.

Usagi was downgraded from a super typhoon – with winds exceeding 115 mph – on Saturday as it crawled between the Philippines and Taiwan through the Luzon Strait. Though the Philippines were spared the brunt of the storm, landslides caused by monsoon rains worsened by Usagi killed 20 people northwest of Manila, The Associated Press reported

Residents use a small boat for transport through a flooded street Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, in Quezon, Philippines.

Residents use a small boat for transport through a flooded street Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, in Quezon, Philippines.

The storm had weakened by the time it struck the Chinese coast, though it was still whipping 100 mph winds at residents, CNN reported. The storm faded into a tropical depression Monday afternoon and continued to pass westward through China.

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