Super typhoon Rammasun has reached southern China, where it has taken the lives of at least 14 people and destroyed thousands of structures, according to Chinese state media.
The typhoon made landfall on the island province of Hainan about 1:30 p.m. Friday after veering west, said the China Meteorological Administration.
It hit the mainland at Fangchenggang in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on Saturday morning and swept Guangdong province as well, said Xinhua, the Chinese press agency.
It’s considered the strongest typhoon to strike south China in four decades, Xinhua said.
The China Meteorological Administration predicted that the storm would produce gales that may top 93 mph (150 km/h), heavy rain and tidal surges.
In Hainan province alone, 51,000 homes have been destroyed. Provincial authorities said they’ve incurred over 4.7 billion yuan ($753 million) in damage, Xinhua said.
Planes were grounded in Nanning, the capital of Guangxi, stranding 1,300 passengers, Xinhua said, and train service between Nanning and coastal cities was suspended.
The storm killed at least 64 people in the Philippines.