More than 30 deaths and 16 people missing as result of Lekima’s destruction after the typhoon struck eastern China on Saturday morning.

With the strength equivalent to a powerful Category 3 hurricane, the powerful typhoon barreled onshore near Shitangzhen, in the province of Zhejiang, around 1:45 a.m. local time Saturday (1:45 p.m. EDT Friday).

More than one million people in eastern China evacuated ahead of the typhoon. That included about 250,000 residents in Shanghai and another 800,000 in neighboring Zhejiang.

Officials told China Global Television Network (CGTN) that the water level rose up to 10 meters (nearly 33 feet) within 10 minutes.

In the aftermath of the storm, Shandong authorities estimated that the typhoon caused direct economic losses of 1.5 billion yuan ($212 million). Much of that loss is due to the destruction of crops and the damage of, approximately, 34,000 houses.

Lekima is the ninth typhoon to hit China so far this year and according to weather experts, it was among the top three strongest typhoons to have ever hit Zhejiang.

Lekima is one of two typhoons in the western Pacific at the moment.

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