The typhoon hit the Putuo district of Zhoushan City, a major port in Zhejiang province on the east coast at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, state broadcaster CCTV said, citing the China Meteorological Administration.
The storm struck while central China is still reeling from record flooding that killed at least 58 people, cut electricity and forced the relocation of more than one million people.
“We will do our utmost to ensure the safety of life and property, and will do everything to minimize losses from disasters, and we will strive to achieve the goal of no fatalities, few injuries and economic losses, ”said Yuan Jiajun of the Communist Party of Zhejiang Province. secretary, during an inspection of preparations on Saturday, state media reported.
The meteorological administration said earlier that the typhoon was moving at a speed of 15 km / h (9 mph).
It was due to head north along the Zhejiang coast around noon, passing through Shanghai and reaching northeastern Jiangsu Province in the evening.
The Zhejiang Emergency Management Service upgraded its typhoon response to the highest level on Saturday, closing schools and markets and suspending road traffic if necessary.
Shanghai, home to around 26 million people, and Hangzhou in the south canceled inbound and outbound flights from Saturday, and many rail services in the area were also cut off.
The Shanghai government has said it will slow down its subway trains, while authorities in Hangzhou have warned residents that the subway trains will be suspended.
Flooding last week in Zhengzhou, central China, killed 12 people trapped in the subway.
Shanghai Disneyland will close on Sunday and Monday due to the weather, the resort said, while the city’s Yangshan port has evacuated hundreds of ships, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported.