Typhoon Mujigae, the 22nd typhoon this year, has made landfall in south China’s Guangdong Province, leaving a trail of destruction.
So far, at least six people have been killed and more than 200 others injured.
The typhoon, bringing gales and downpours, hit the coastal city of Zhanjiang on Sunday, packing winds of up to 50 meters per second.
One fisherman died and another 16 are missing after Typhoon Mujigae made landfall in Zhanjiang City of Guangdong Province on Sunday.
Local maritime rescue center says more than 30 cases of boat stranding and anchor dragging have been reported off the waters of the city, with 117 fishermen being rescued.
It says one fisherman died and another 16 are still missing.
According to the municipal government, three people died and another 80 were injured as a tornado hit Foshan City on Sunday afternoon.
The typhoon caused widespread blackouts in Zhanjiang City, where water supply was also cut off in many areas.
More than 24,000 power maintenance workers in Guangdong are ready to deal with possible power cuts caused by the typhoon.
The provincial flood control and drought relief headquarters has elevated its typhoon emergency response to the highest level.
More than 500 tourists have been stranded on Fangji Island, a popular scenic spot administered by Maoming City.
The authorities began to evacuate tourists from the island on Saturday, but the operation was interrupted by strong winds.
The remaining tourists were transferred to hotels for free accommodation.
“This is my fist time to see such a strong wind. It’s like watching a horror movie.”
The island has called off all entertainment activities at sea and tightened inspections on dangerous areas.
The typhoon is moving to the neighboring Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region with weakened strength.
As the typhoon coincides with China’s week-long National Day holiday, many tourists heading for Guangdong and Guangxi regions will have to change their plans.
Guangdong has called off sightseeing and leisure activities at sea, such as fishing. Guangxi shut down some popular attractions, including Weizhou Island, the country’s largest volcanic island.
The site usually draws tens of thousands of tourists during the holiday.
Guangxi suspended services of 11 high-speed trains running along the coast for 12 hours from noon on Sunday and halted ticket sales of the trains till Monday noon.