Typhoon Linfa made landfall on Thursday in south China's Guangdong Province, where trains have been suspended, schools closed and thousands of fishing boats recalled to port.
Linfa made landfall in Jiadong Township of Shanwei City at 12:15 pm, packing winds of up to 35 m per second, according to the provincial meteorological station.
From Wednesday night, gales and torrential rains hit Shantou City about 100 km away from the landing point. Trees in the city were brought down by strong winds while three main bridges to Shanwei City and an offshore island county have all been closed as of Thursday morning.
With a complex route and changing intensity, Linfa was earlier expected to make landfall on the coastal regions stretching from Shantou City in Guangdong to Zhangpu City in Fujian Province.
About 10,400 fishing vessels returned to ports in five cities in Guangdong.
The province had issued a yellow alert for Linfa on Wednesday, closing kindergartens, elementary and middle schools in 15 counties.