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Hong Kong appears to have escaped the worst of Typhoon Usagi which killed at least 25 people in the Guangdong province in south China.

The storm, with winds of up to 110 mph, has affected 3.5 million people on the Chinese mainland.

Victims were drowned or hit by debris as trees were toppled and cars blown off roads, local reports said.

Hundreds of flights from Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hong Kong have been cancelled while trains from Guangzhou to Beijing were suspended.

The busy port of Hong Kong shut down as the territory braced itself for the storm – the most powerful of this year.

Usagi’s designation had been reduced from ‘severe typhoon’ to ‘typhoon’ and it was moving away from Hong Kong, the South China Post reported.

The storm killed two people on Friday as it crossed the Luzon Strait between Taiwan and the Philippines.