PHOTOS: Typhoon Chan-hom hits China

By THAT'S, July 13, 2015

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Before it struck, forecasts warned that Typhoon Chan-hom could be the most violent storm to hit Chinese shores since 1949. Luckily, no deaths have been reported since Chan-hom made landfall on Zhejiang's Zhoushan Island and glanced away from the East China coastline as it made its way north towards Korea.

Zhejiang province, which evacuated over a million people before the typhoon hit, bore the brunt of the storm with some pretty impressive waves hitting the shore. Winds were reported to be around 160km per hour and the storm dumped over 100 millimeters of rain from Friday onwards.

Not that the threat of getting washed away by a violent sea was going to stop anyone from getting some good snaps.

Typhoon Chan-hom hits China

Typhoon Chan-hom waves

Zhejiang was also inundated with serious flooding. Shaoxing was hit especially hard.

Typhoon Chan-hom hits China

Typhoon Chan-hom hits China

Scenic Putuo Mountain also flooded over.

Typhoon Chan-hom floods Putuo Shan

By comparison, Shanghai got off fairly lightly, though it did look like Suzhou Creek came precariously close to overflowing.

Typhoon Chan-hom hit Shanghai

Shanghai's Huangpu River also stayed within its banks, though the Bund view was rendered a little less impressive.

Typhoon Chan-hom at the Bund

However, the city certainly didn't escape unscathed with trees toppled – including on staple laowai watering hole Yongkang Lu!

Typhoon Chan-hom hit Shanghai

Luckily, everyone banded together to clear the way so no expat liver needed to stay dry while the rains came down.

Typhoon Chan-hom hit Shanghai

Predictably, Pudong International Airport was inundated with flight delays and cancellations on Saturday. 

Typhoon Chan-hom delayed flights at Shanghai's Pudong Airport

Farther up the coast in Shandong province, some pretty weird green waves battered the beaches in Qingdao. Apparently they were caused by the storm and the growth of a type of green algae, the Enteromorpha prolifera.

Unfortunately, this probably won't be the last typhoon China sees this year, with climatologists predicting 2015 will be very stormy indeed.

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