Typhoon Nesat has made its way to the Chinese island of Hainan in the South China Sea. About 58,000 people living on Hainan have been evacuated.
As the storm approached, the Chinese authorities took preventative measures including recalling fishing boats and cancelling ferry services. Offices and schools were also closed as a precaution.
The typhoon is expected to bring heavy rain to Hainan – China’s southern-most province. It is also expected to batter Guangdong – separated from Hainan by a narrow strait.
All flights have been cancelled from Hainan’s Sanya Phoenix International Airport with almost 150 called off at the island’s newer Haikou Meilan Airport.
Earlier, Hong Kong was the scene of widespread damage caused by the tropical storm. Ships in the harbour were wrecked, with many running aground.
Having already hit the Philippines and Hong Kong, Category 3 Typhoon Nesat is expected to work its way across southern China, and is likely reach Northern Vietnam.
18 people are dead in the Philippines, after it was the first to feel the typhoon’s force at the start of the week. More than 100,000 people were forced to leave their homes.