Typhoon Mangkhut barreled into southern China on Sunday after lashing the northern Philippines with strong winds and heavy rain that left at least 64 people dead and dozens more feared buried in a landslide.
Noah Sellers, a UNC senior studying at CUHK, said around 600 global students attend his host university, and the students came together during the storm as they sought shelter in their dorm.
Police said 55 remain missing and more than 70 were wounded.
The national meteorological centre said southern China "will face a severe test caused by wind and rain" and urged officials to prepare for possible disasters. A father said he continues to pray that his son is still alive.
The 70-metre (230-foot) vessel, which came from Zhuhai, Guangdong province, took refuge in waters off Lantau Island after unloading a cargo of stone in Hong Kong over the weekend.
Rescue efforts are underway in northern Philippines, as authorities have raised the death toll of Typhoon Manghkut. They were brought back to their hotel in the Kowloon area, the Filipino diplomat said, adding that the Filipino tourists are all safe.
Hong Kong began a massive clean-up Monday after the typhoon raked the city, shredding trees and bringing damaging floods in a trail of destruction.
Numerous missing in the Philippines are gold miners and their families feared buried in a landslide after seeking shelter in a bunkhouse-turned-chapel in a village in Benguet province. Four people died in the province of Guangdong in southern China, BBC News reported. "But I just hope we can dig up his body", Payadon said.
The chamber, of which Benguet Corp is a member, said mining operators in Ucab had been repeatedly told to leave the area because of the threat of landslides.
Mangkhut mauled Hong Kong with 175km/h (109mph) winds and there was a record storm surge, with floodwaters reaching their highest levels since 1904, according to the city's forecaster.
One, 49-year-old Alex Binwag of Ifugao province - geographically close, but an nearly six-hour drive along twisting, mountain roads away - had gathered with four other members of his family to await news of his cousin, 25-year-old Jeffery Licyauo.
Numerous missing in the Philippines are gold miners and their families feared buried in a landslide after seeking shelter in a bunkhouse-turned-chapel in a village in Benguet province.
Around him, hundreds of searchers, a quarter of them miners, scraped away at the hardening mass of mud as cadaver-sniffing dogs were led across the site.
Authorities there said they had evacuated more than three million people and ordered tens of thousands of fishing boats back to port before the arrival of what Chinese media dubbed the "King of Storms".