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Typhoon blows into China, kills 33 people in Asia

Published: Sunday, Aug. 30 2015 10:12 a.m. MDT

Passengers whose travel plans were affected by Typhoon Usagi wait at airline counters at Hong Kong's international airport Monday, Sept. 23, 2013. The year's most powerful typhoon slammed into southern China, forcing hundreds of flight cancellations, shutting down shipping and train lines and killing nearly two dozen people.  The typhoon wreaked havoc on airport schedules in Hong Kong, nearby Macau and mainland China, upsetting travel plans for many passengers who were returning home at the end of the three-day mid-autumn festival long weekend.  (Vincent Yu, Associated Press) Passengers whose travel plans were affected by Typhoon Usagi wait at airline counters at Hong Kong's international airport Monday, Sept. 23, 2013. The year's most powerful typhoon slammed into southern China, forcing hundreds of flight cancellations, shutting down shipping and train lines and killing nearly two dozen people. The typhoon wreaked havoc on airport schedules in Hong Kong, nearby Macau and mainland China, upsetting travel plans for many passengers who were returning home at the end of the three-day mid-autumn festival long weekend. (Vincent Yu, Associated Press)

BEIJING — A powerful typhoon that slammed into southern China with winds that blew cars off the road has caused more deaths, bringing the toll in Asia to at least 33 on Monday.

Typhoon Usagi, which was the season's strongest storm at its peak, forced hundreds of flight cancellations and shut down shipping and train lines before weakening to a tropical depression over the southern Chinese province of Guangdong on Monday.

China said 25 deaths occurred in Guangdong, where the typhoon made landfall late Sunday near Shanwei with record sustained winds for the city of 175 kilometers (109 miles) per hour.

On Saturday the storm had been a super typhoon when it passed between Taiwan and the Philippines, sparing both of them the brunt of the winds. However, Philippine officials said eight people were dead from drowning and landslides, and Taiwan authorities reported nine people hurt by falling trees.

Vehicles cross a flooded street in Manila, Philippines Sunday Sept. 22, 2013. Usagi, the most powerful typhoon of the year swept through the Luzon Strait separating the Philippines and Taiwan on Saturday, battering island communities and dumping rain as it eyed landfall in Hong Kong Sunday.  Southwest monsoon rains enhanced by Typhoon Usagi continue in the Philippines causing patches of flooding in the country.  (Aaron Favila, Associated Press) Vehicles cross a flooded street in Manila, Philippines Sunday Sept. 22, 2013. Usagi, the most powerful typhoon of the year swept through the Luzon Strait separating the Philippines and Taiwan on Saturday, battering island communities and dumping rain as it eyed landfall in Hong Kong Sunday. Southwest monsoon rains enhanced by Typhoon Usagi continue in the Philippines causing patches of flooding in the country. (Aaron Favila, Associated Press)

The storm wreaked havoc on travel plans just as many passengers were returning home after an extended weekend for the Chinese mid-autumn festival.

More than 250 incoming and outgoing flights were canceled in Hong Kong, and an additional 200 were delayed, Airport Authority Hong Kong said. Intercity trains including the high-speed rail to Beijing, Shenzhen and Hong Kong were suspended until Tuesday, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

At least 13 of the 25 victims in China were killed in worst-hit Shanwei city, where winds blew cars off the road near a gas station and houses were toppled, Xinhua said. One county's electricity and water supply were cut off.

In Hong Kong, dozens of trees were reported down and 17 people had sought medical treatment and eight of these were admitted to hospital, according to the Hong Kong government's information services department.

China's National Meterological Center said the typhoon would continue to weaken as it moves northwest and bring heavy rains later Monday and overnight to five southern provinces.

Passengers wait near airline counters at Hong Kong's international airport as flights remain delayed following Typhoon Usagi, Monday, Sept. 23, 2013. The year's most powerful typhoon slammed into southern China Sunday evening, forcing hundreds of flight cancellations, shutting down shipping and train lines and killing nearly two dozen people.  The typhoon wreaked havoc on airport schedules in Hong Kong, nearby Macau and mainland China, upsetting travel plans for many passengers who were returning home at the end of the three-day mid-autumn festival long weekend.  (Vincent Yu, Associated Press) Passengers wait near airline counters at Hong Kong's international airport as flights remain delayed following Typhoon Usagi, Monday, Sept. 23, 2013. The year's most powerful typhoon slammed into southern China Sunday evening, forcing hundreds of flight cancellations, shutting down shipping and train lines and killing nearly two dozen people. The typhoon wreaked havoc on airport schedules in Hong Kong, nearby Macau and mainland China, upsetting travel plans for many passengers who were returning home at the end of the three-day mid-autumn festival long weekend. (Vincent Yu, Associated Press)

In the Philippines, parts of the capital remained submerged Monday and classes were cancelled. The landslide deaths occurred in two villages in Zambales province west of Manila, Subic town mayor Jeffrey Khonghun said Monday. Two drowning deaths were reported previously.

Associated Press writers Kelvin Chan in Hong Kong and Jim Gomez and Hrvoje Hranjski in Manila, Philippines, contributed to this report.

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