By Wednesday noon, 390,000 people in Zhejiang, including 270,000 in Wenzhou, had been evacuated and about 25,000 boats had returned to port or safe sea areas.
Fujian's flood control office estimated the storm inflicted 547 million yuan (US$82 million) in economic losses on the province, including 76 million yuan in damage to water infrastructure, state-run news agency Xinhua reported.
At least two fishermen were left stranded in a boat at about 20 metres (65 feet) away from shore in Lianjiang county and had to be rescued by a team of seven firefighters amid the strong winds, according to Fujian fire department. Its wind speeds reached 191 kilometers per hour.
Fujian ordered all fishing boats to return to harbor by Tuesday noon and workers at offshore fish farms were required to return to land by 6pm.
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Across the Taiwan Strait, schools and factories in coastal areas of the Chinese province of Fujian are closed. Ongoing construction projects involving highways and ports were suspended. More than 6,800 people are on standby for rescue missions or to fix damage.
In the provincial capital Fuzhou and the neighbouring city of Ningde, 110, 200 people were affected and more than 40 homes collapsed, the report said.
After weakening as it neared Taiwan, Typhoon Maria continued northwest toward the eastern coast of China, making landfall around 500km south of Shanghai Wednesday morning.
Typhoons normally hit Taiwan, China, Japan, the Philippines and Vietnam from June through November each year.