Typhoon Fitow slammed into eastern China Monday, killing at least two people after hundreds of thousands were evacuated, according to state media.
Authorities had earlier issued a red alert for the area as the powerful typhoon approached with huge waves as high as 20 meters battering the coastline.
When it landed in Fujian province it brought heavy rains and widespread power cuts, and several homes have collapsed in neighboring Zhejiang province.
One of those killed was blown off a hill by strong winds while on his way to rescue a fisherman, according to Xinhua.
Some parts of the area have received as much as 200mm (8 inches) of rain, said AFP news agency.
Some 65,000 boats were ordered to return to harbor for shelter, and the army has helped to strengthen flood defences.
Fitow is the 23rd tropical storm to hit China this year, and is expected to quickly weaken as it moves north-west. Image/AFP/abc.net.au