Waves more than 20 metres high have been crashing down on China’s southeast coast in a stark and brutal reminder that Typhoon Fitow is on the way.
A top-level red alert has been declared by Chinese authorities, with the storm set to make landfall early on Monday morning between Fujian and Zhejiang provinces .
Fishing boats have been called back to shore and hundreds of thousands of people have been fleeing their homes.
The 23rd typhoon to hit China this year, Fitow is bringing stong winds and heavy rain. A number of tourist resorts have already been closed with the storm fast approaching.