BEIJING (September 23, 2013)--The year's most powerful typhoon slammed into southern China, leaving at least 21 dead, forcing hundreds of flight cancellations, shutting down shipping and train lines and blowing cars off the road, officials said.
The deaths occurred in Guangdong province, where Typhoon Usagi struck Sunday evening after veering away from the neighboring and densely populated financial hub of Hong Kong.
Earlier it passed by Taiwan and the Philippines, where two deaths were reported.
The Guangdong provincial government's news office said 13 of the 21 people were killed in a city near the typhoon's landfall.
The official Xinhua News Agency reported that one county's electricity and water supply was cut off and houses were toppled by strong winds.
In Hong Kong, the local government says dozens of trees are down and seven people have been hospitalized.
Usagi, which is Japanese for rabbit, had sustained winds of 109 miles per hour, with gusts as high as 132 miles per hour Sunday evening.