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In pictures: Typhoon Prapiroon

Hong Kong residents watch the gathering clouds

Typhoon Prapiroon has struck southern China, bringing torrential rain and high winds, and killing at least 18 people.

A Hong Kong resident uses an umbrella to shelter from the weather

The storm blew up from the Philippines, where it caused the deaths of six people, and skirted Hong Kong before hitting Guangdong Province.

Residents leaving their homes in Zhongshan, Guangdong province, ahead of the typhoon

Officials told around half a million people to leave homes in low-lying areas in Guangdong, Guangxi and Hainan, warning of floods and landslides.

Fishing boats moored at a harbour in Beihai, Guangxi, ahead of the typhoon

More than 53,000 fishing vessels were recalled to harbour amid high seas and ferries connecting Hainan with the mainland were suspended.

Passengers wait in line at the airport in Hong Kong

Around 800 flights were cancelled in Hong Kong on Thursday, leaving thousands of passengers stranded.

An electricity pylon hit by lightening in Hubei province

The typhoon has now been downgraded to a tropical depression, but is moving further inland, where more bad weather is expected.

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