Typhoon In-fa could produce catastrophic impacts along China’s east coast.
The typhoon landed in the Putuo district of the city of Zhoushan, a major port in the east-coast province of Zhejiang, at 12:30pm (local time) on Sunday, state broadcaster CCTV said, citing the China Meteorological Administration.
The storm hit as central China is still reeling from record flooding that killed at least 58, cut off power and forced the relocation of more than 1 million people.
In-fa’s wind speeds were up to 38 metres per second, the Meteorological Administration said, which is equal to about 137kph.
It was due to travel north along the Zhejiang coast from around noon, passing Shanghai and reaching north-eastern Jiangsu province by the evening.
The Zhejiang emergency management department upgraded its typhoon response to the highest level on Saturday, closing schools and markets and suspending road traffic when necessary.
Both Shanghai, home to about 26 million people, and Hangzhou to the south cancelled inbound and outbound flights from Saturday, and many train services in the region were also halted.