Super Typhoon Usagi had a diameter of 680 miles, with its spiraling outer bands extending from the main Philippine island of Luzon to the Chinese coast.
Much of Taiwan was also battered by its powerful winds and pounding surf.
Twenty-five of the fatalities were in China’s Guangdong province, where the once Category-5 storm made landfall with sustained winds of 109 mph just to the east of Hong Kong.
Usagi, which means “rabbit” in Japanese, reached maximum strength on Saturday as it passed between Taiwan and the Philippines.
Philippine officials said eight people had died in landslides or had drowned, and nine people were reported hurt by falling trees in Taiwan.
The Hong Kong Observatory had warned that the storm was taking dead aim on the financial hub, but Usagi veered to the east before reaching the coast, sparing the former British colony any significant damage.
Typhoon Usagi Track
Satellite Loop Data: CIMSS