SHANGHAI — Nearly 600,000 people were evacuated as Typhoon Talim plowed into southern China on Thursday, forcing authorities to shut down schools, highways and airports, officials said.
Despite waves up to 30 feet high, Fujian television said, there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage from Talim, which means sharp or cutting edge in the Tagalog language of the Philippines.
Talim hit in the coastal province of Fujian, the Hong Kong Observatory reported. The storm dipped to tropical storm status as it moved overland but still packed winds of 73 mph.
The official New China News Agency reported that 45 domestic flights and three international flights were canceled.
Fujian television showed high waves crashing against breakwaters in the fishing village of Ningde, about 320 miles from the commercial hub of Shanghai.