It lost power after arriving in eastern China but, for those in its path, Typhoon Wipha was still a force to be reckoned with. More than two million people fled ahead of the storm. It toppled hundreds of homes and knocked out power and water supplies as it swept in from the sea. At least one man has died after being electrocuted in Shanghai. But fears the financial centre would take a direct hit look to have been allayed. Wipha made landfall at the border of Zhejiang and Fujian provinces, just where a typhoon hit last year, killing hundreds of people.
As Wipha approached, residents left their homes and workplaces to take refuge in shelters. “We heard the typhoon was coming,” said one man, forced to flee to safety. “And the company we work for evacuated us to this school.”
Northern Taiwan was also grazed by Wipha which reports say has now been downgraded to a tropical storm. But the alert is not over yet and, according to the Chinese media, some 40,000 boats and ships have been ordered back to port.