Giant waves crashed into China's east coast on Sunday as Typhoon Fitow approached with water spray shooting up more than 20 meters at the rocks and the sea wall in Wenling of Zhejiang province, official broadcaster CCTV showed.
China has issued a red alert, the highest in its weather warning system, according to Reuters.
The BBC, while citing the Xinhua news agency, reported that several flights out of Wenzhou airport in Zhejiang were cancelled on Sunday. About 177,000 people were evacuated in Fujian, before the storm hit the coastline. In Zhejiang province, some 574,000 people left their homes.
This is the twenty-third typhoon to hit China this year.
Last month, around twenty five people were killed after Typhoon Usagi made landfall in southern China's Guangdong province. The victims included people hit by debris and others who drowned.
Usagi also caused 7,100 houses to collapse and crippled power supplies for hundreds of thousands of homes, reportedly causing economic losses worth 3.24 billion Yuan in Guangdong.
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In August, a typhoon struck South China after killing six people in Philippines.
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