Coastal provinces in southern China are preparing for the impact of typhoon Mujigae, the second major storm to hit the country in as many weeks.
Tens of thousands of people in southern China were evacuated before Typhoon Mujigae made landfall near the city of Zhanjiang in Guangdong province just after 2 p.m., according to the National Meteorological Center.
The storm has struck with 150 kilometer per hour winds and has severely disrupted travel infrastructure in the region, with hundreds of flights and rail services cancelled.
In Hong Kong, Strong Wind Signal No. 3 is expected to remain in force for most of the day and the city will suffer strong winds Sunday, occasionally reaching gale force.
The Guangdong provincial government has ordered suspension of all maritime travel or entertainment activities. 38,900 fishing boats have returned to harbor or nearby shelters. More than 10,000 fishermen went ashore from their fish farms.
Mujigae blew out of the northern Philippines early Saturday, causing floods and a few landslides and leaving more than a dozen fishermen missing.
The tropical storm coincides with the week-long National Day holiday, and many tourists are vacationing on the island province of Hainan. More than 80,000 people visited Hainan on Friday, up 8.65 percent from the same period last year, statistics from the province show.