The worst typhoon to hit eastern China in 30 years destroyed thousands of homes, killed at least 91 people and left more than 100 fishermen missing as it devastated coastal cities, local officials said Tuesday.

Officials in the scenic city of Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang Province, mobilized more than 1,000 troops and 10,000 workers after the storm left the area without electricity. Police patrolled darkened streets and alleys overnight to control traffic and prevent looting.The typhoon struck the eastern province early Monday as residents recovered from two other weather disasters - a killer heat wave and the worst flooding in 40 years.