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From broken windows to toppled trees, ten videos of Typhoon Mangkhut battering Hong Kong

Hong Kong witnessed one of the strongest storms to ever hit the city on Sunday, which left a trail of damage in its wake.

Videos of shattered windows and toppled trees were posted on social media as the typhoon battered the city. Here is a list of the top ten clips from the day.

See also: Observatory downgrades to T8 signal as typhoon Mangkhut moves away from Hong Kong

Typhoon Mangkhut

Photo: Hong Kong Observatory.

Windows smashed

Windows of a building in Whampoa were smashed under gale force winds, which carried pieces of paper out of the multi-storey office block. According to residents, glass pieces flew into nearby buildings.

Buildings crumble and sway

One netizen posted a video of a nearby building crumbling and swaying under typhoon winds. A tree can also be seen falling off with the structure.

Other residents reported that their apartment blocks were moving as wind speed reached up to 164 kilometres an hour.

Wind tunnel

The Hong Kong Bus Channel posted a video of wind sweeping into a nearby station, flooding the area with water and rumbling vehicles.

Flooded buildings

Coastal buildings were flooded by the violent storm surge that accompanied Mangkhut. One user posted a video of water surging into a Mercedes-Benz showroom in Wan Chai, while another showed water bursting into a parking lot, drenching an unlucky driver’s car.

Construction lift shaft topples

Dramatic footage shows a construction elevator shaft on top of a housing development project in Tai Kok Tsui falling onto the roof of a nearby building during the typhoon. 

A police spokesperson told HKFP that they received no reports of injuries. 40 residents – 21 males, 18 females and a child – were evacuated from the nearby building.

Waterfront wind

Kennedy Town’s waterfront faced the brunt of the typhoon as gale force winds battered surrounding shops and flooded the streets.

Domestic dilemmas 

Hongkongers at home soon discovered that they weren’t sheltered from the effects of the typhoon, as domestic appliances began to malfunction.

One user captured their air conditioner collapsing into their home under the wind pressure, another filmed their toilet spouting water and another posted a video of their fish rocking back and forth in the tank.

Restaurateurs get a windy surprise

Dim sum restaurateurs got a windy surprise as the windows around them broke under the strong wind.

Flooded car parks

A coastal car park began to flood as sandbags washed away.

Makeshift typhoon attire

A creative resident came up with a unique solution to protect themselves against the hazardous weather – fashion protective armour out of a rubbish bin.

From broken windows to toppled trees, ten videos of Typhoon Mangkhut battering Hong Kong