Dozens Killed as Typhoon Lashes South China
But Hong Kong escapes direct hit
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 23, 2013 2:48 AM CDT
A man watches the waves at the waterfront in Hong Kong yesterday.   (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
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(Newser) – The most ferocious typhoon so far this year has killed at least 25 people in southern China's Guangdong province. Typhoon Usagi—classed as a "super typhoon" before landfall sapped its strength—had been headed directly for Hong Kong, which was braced for its worst storm in decades, but it veered slightly north at the last minute. The storm has affected at least 3.5 million people in southern China, including tens of thousands who have been evacuated from their homes, reports the BBC. Large parts of the region are without power and some 50,000 emergency workers have been deployed.