Hangzhou City, China (CBS NEWS) -- A powerful tidal bore caused by Typhoon Trami hit China's southern Hangzhou City on the afternoon of Aug. 22, state media reported.
The bore began to crash into banks along the Qiantang River at around 1:20 local time (05:20 GMT).
CCTV showed footage of the powerful tidal bore drenching residents.
"I stood behind the warning line, but the tide almost swept my glasses away," one onlooker told CCTV.
"I held my son with one hand and grabbed the rail with the other hand as I feared the wave might sweep me away. It's pretty scary. I got totally drenched, my hair and my clothes are all wet," another onlooker said.
Quoting the local Hydrology Bureau, CCTV said the highest waves on Thursday were measured at 5.9 ft. high.
China's state-run news agency Xinhua said Trami made landfall in the coastal areas of China on Thursday morning.
It added that flood control authorities in southern Zhejiang and Fujian provinces issued a Grade II emergency response, the second highest level, and that high-speed train services were halted on Thursday.
Trami had hit northern Taiwan on Wednesday, Aug. 21 before moving on to southern China.