The national weather service says it could be the most powerful storm in China since the government came to power in 1949.
A typhoon with winds up to 100 mph has hit the Chinese coast south of Shanghai.
Typhoon Chan-hom made landfall in Zhoushan, just east of the port of Ningbo in Zhejiang province, China Central Television reported.
Almost one million people were evacuated, hundreds of flights cancelled and ships ordered back to port as it approached.
China’s national weather service says it could be the most powerful storm the country has seen in more than 60 years.
Chan-hom was initially deemed a super-typhoon but was downgraded at midday on Saturday to severe.
More than 960,000 people were moved to safety from coastal areas, the official Xinhua News Agency reported
All flights to and from Zhoushan were cancelled and bus services and speedboat ferry services halted.
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