View photos Hong Kong’s skyline seen across Victoria harbour had a dark, foreboding air as Severe Typhoon Hato smashed through the city (AFP Photo/Anthony WALLACE) More

Hong Kong (AFP) – Typhoon Hato ripped a path of destruction across southern China on Wednesday, killing 10 people after battering Hong Kong skyscrapers, flooding streets and forcing thousands to flee to shelters.

The storm had raised Hong Kong’s most severe Typhoon 10 warning, only the third time a storm of this power has pounded the financial hub in the past 20 years.

Five people were killed in the gambling mecca of Macau, where local media showed cars underwater and people swimming along what are normally streets. The enclave’s famed mega-casinos were running on

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