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25 Shocking Images Of This Year's Most Powerful Typhoon

Typhoon Usagi slammed into southern China on Sunday evening, killing at least 25 people. Update: Heavy rains pummeled the Philippines, triggering landslides Monday that killed at least 20 people, and raising the death toll to 47 across Asia.

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1. The typhoon swept through the Luzon Strait separating the Philippines and Taiwan on Saturday, battering island communities and dumping rain as it headed toward Hong Kong and China.

Filipino workers are hit by splashes from a strong wave as it strikes the wall along a bayside promenade in Manila, Philippines, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013.

2. In Taiwan nine people were hurt by falling trees on Kinmen island.

A big wave smashes into a breakwater as Typhoon Usagi approaches the eastern coastal town of Taitung, Taiwan, on Sept. 21, 2013.


3. More than 3,300 people were evacuated from flood-prone areas and mountainous regions in Taiwan.

Local residents stay at a detention center after evacuating from a mudslide area as Typhoon Usagi lashes southern Taiwan, in Hengtsun, Pingtung County, on Sept. 21, 2013.

4. A landslide late Saturday in the southeastern hot springs resort village of Chihpen sent mud and rocks crashing through the ground floor of a resort spa, forcing the evacuation of guests.

Guests walk down steps at the Hoya Hot Springs Resort & Spa inundated with flood waters from Typhoon Usagi in Chihpen, Taitung county, in southeastern Taiwan, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. The Chihpen River breached its levies upriver, turning the village's main street into a rock-strewn stream, flooding homes and damaging vehicles.

5. The typhoon hit the Philippines' northernmost islands on Saturday, cutting power lines, triggering landslides, and inundating rice fields.

A man and a boy sit inside a makeshift raft as they paddle through rough waves brought by Typhoon Usagi along the coast of Manila Bay in Navotas City on Sept. 21, 2013.

6. A 50-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman drowned when a passenger boat capsized in rough waters off northeastern Aurora province in the Philippines, reports AP.

Two other people were missing in the incident, while the remaining nine passengers and crew were rescued.

7. The typhoon flooded parts of six Philippine provinces, affecting nearly 20,000 people.

Above a Filipino banana vendor crosses a flooded street as southwest monsoon rains enhanced by Typhoon Usagi continue in Manila, Philippines, on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013.


8. According to official Xinhua news agency, China's National Meteorological Center issued its highest alert, warning the typhoon would bring downpours to southern coastal areas.

People watch as a storm surge hits the shores as Typhoon Usagi approaches Xiamen, Fujian province in China on Sept. 21, 2013.

9. More than 80,000 people moved to safety in China's Fujian province.

A group of Chinese visitors next to strong waves hitting the coast of Xiamen, southeast China's Fujian province, following a typhoon warning on Sept. 21, 2013.

10. And authorities deployed at least 50,000 disaster-relief workers.

A man dodges tidal waves under the influence of Typhoon Usagi in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province in China on Sept. 21, 2013.

11. The typhoon wreaked havoc on airport schedules in Hong Kong, nearby Macau, and mainland China.

Passengers wait at Hong Kong Airport as flights are canceled in anticipation of typhoon Usagi Sept. 22, 2013.

12. Many passengers who were returning home at the end a long holiday weekend were left stranded at the airport.

Passengers from South Korea (left), the Philippines (right), and Poland (fourth on right), whose flights to their home countries are canceled in anticipation of typhoon Usagi, charge their tablet and smartphones at Hong Kong Airport Sept. 22, 2013.


13. Ferry services between Hong Kong, Macau, and outlying islands were suspended as the Hong Kong observatory raised the warning signal to eight, the third highest on a five-point scale.

People look at the city skyline by the waterfront of Tsim Sha Tsui shopping district hours before Typhoon Usagi is expected to make landfall, in Hong Kong Sept. 22, 2013.

14. As the typhoon headed toward Hong Kong visitors and residents were worried, as it is one of the most densely populated cities on Earth.

Tourists from mainland China brave strong wind near the waterfront in Hong Kong Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013.

16. Typhoon Usagi veered away from Hong Kong at the last minute and made landfall northeast of the city in China.

A woman reacts as a storm surge past a barrier on the shore as Typhoon Usagi approaches Shenzhen, Guangdong province, Sept. 22, 2013.

17. Although Hong Kong was still affected by fierce winds and big waves, as many trees were reported down and more than a dozen people sought medical treatment.

People react as waves splash on to the road during Typhoon Usagi in Hong Kong Sept. 22, 2013.


18. The typhoon landed near the city of Shanwei in the Chinese province of Guangdong, about 87 miles northeast of Hong Kong.

People watch waves hit the shores as Typhoon Usagi approaches in Shantou, Guangdong province, Sept. 22, 2013.

19. The 25 deaths occurred in Guangdong province, and 13 of those people were killed in Shanwei city, near the typhoon's landfall.

Pedestrians make their way along a road in Shantou, southern China's Guangdong province on Sept. 22, 2013, as Typhoon Usagi approaches.

20. Two people were reportedly killed when strong winds brought down a tree ahead of the typhoon's arrival. A third person was killed by falling window glass.

A motorist tries to get round a fallen tree blocking a road in Shantou, in southern China's Guangdong province on Sept. 22, 2013, as Typhoon Usagi approaches.

22. Police in Shanwei also ordered more than 8,000 fishing boats to return to port.

Strong waves hit the coast of Shenzhen in southern China's Guangdong province on Sept. 22, 2013, brought on by the approaching Typhoon Usagi.

23. On Monday many low-lying areas of the Philippine capital, Manila, and outlying regions were swamped, prompting authorities to cancel classes and office work.

Volunteer rescuers look for residents to be ferried to an evacuation center amidst flooding at suburban Quezon city, northeast of Manila Monday, Sept. 23, 2013 following heavy rains brought about by Typhoon Usagi.

24. Torrential monsoon rains that continued in the northwestern Philippines Monday triggered landslides, killing 20 people in areas already weakened by the typhoon.

Soldiers rescue trapped residents at Subic township, Zambales province, northwest of Manila, Philippines Monday, Sept. 23, 2013 following flooding due to heavy rains brought about by Typhoon Usagi.

25. Soldiers and villagers were still searching for at least seven people missing in mountainside villages hit by the landslides Monday in the province of Zambales.

Soldiers retrieve the body of a resident following a landslide caused by heavy rains brought about by Typhoon Usagi in Castillejos township, Zambales province, northwest of Manila, Philippines, Monday Sept. 23, 2013.

Michelle Broder Van Dyke is a reporter and night editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Hawaii.

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