Weather experts believe this could be the worst tropical storm to hit the nation’s coastal region in more than 60 years.
People watch the rising waves of Typhoon Chan-hom. (Photo: ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)
More than a million people have been evacuated from China’s east coast near Shanghai as Typhoon Chan-hom struck the region Saturday morning.
With high winds, crashing ocean waves, and several inches of rain that destroyed farming fields and soaked homes, it could be the worst typhoon to hit the area since 1949, Reuters reports.
The storm killed five people in the Philippines earlier this week, injured at least 18 people in Japan, and left 30,000 people in Okinawa without power. China reported no injuries as of Saturday evening, but the financial repercussions of the storm could prove devastating.
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The extent of the damage won’t be fully realized for days, but with the surging waters damaging infrastructure and farmlands, the storm has the potential to leave hundreds of thousands of people homeless.
As the typhoon created large waves, one reached the shore next to a residential building. Early figures indicate that at least 94 homes have been damaged or destroyed, The New York Times reports.
Winds reached up to 100 miles per hour and uprooted trees.
Sea water could cause the most damage to the region, with waves reaching more than 30 feet in height, Al Jazeerareports.
Four inches of rain, plus the surging ocean water, left the low-lying coastal region flooded and without power.
An image of floating fruit shows a destroyed watermelon crop for one farmer, indicating personal financial repercussions for some and possibly food-supply problems for the region.