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In pictures: China braced for typhoon

Heavy rain and clouds darken the Shanghai skyline

More than two million people were evacuated from China's financial hub, Shanghai, before a powerful typhoon barrelled into the country's east coast early on Wednesday.

Residents are evacuated to a school in Shanghai

Residents from the city's exposed areas were moved to safety ahead of Typhoon Wipha's arrival.

Children sit in a disaster shelter waiting for Typhoon Wipha in Yueqing of Zhejiang Province

Families and children waited anxiously in temporary disaster shelters, preparing to sit out the storm.

Commuters walk through heavy rains in Shanghai

Schools and some offices in the city of 17 million people were closed while flights were grounded as Shanghai braced itself.

Pedestrians and motorists during a rain storm in Shanghai

Experts labelled Wipha a "super typhoon" and warned it could bring 200mm of rain and winds of 200km/h.

Shanghai residents struggle through flooded roads

Fears the storm could ravage Shanghai have disrupted the Women's World Cup, which the city is hosting.

A pedestrian jumps over a flooded road in Shanghai

Experts warn that it could be the worst storm to hit China since 1997, when Typhoon Winnie claimed 236 lives.

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