MACAO, Sept. 29 (Xinhua) -- Macao's public transportation were suspended Thursday morning, as Typhoon Nesat headed towards south China, prompting local meteorological authorities to hoist the typhoon signal No. 8.
Macao's Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau issued the typhoon signal No. 8 at 6:00 a.m. local time, and the center of Typhoon Nesat was estimated to be about 350 km south of Macao at 4:00 a.m. local time, moving at an average wind speed of 20 km per hour toward the west coast of China's Guangdong province.
As No.8 signal was hoisted, local traffic authorities reacted this morning to close the island city's three sea-crossing bridges, but a tunnel in one of the bridges was opened so that land traffic between the Macao Peninsula and the Taipa Island remain relatively unimpeded.
All schools have been closed from Thursday morning, and services of most public department have been suspended, except for emergency departments.
Due to the severe weather condition, ferry services between Macao and Hong Kong, and several ports in Guangdong province were suspended, stranding about 50 visitors at local harbor till 9:30 local time. Local bus operators also suspended the city's bus services after the No.8 signal was hoisted.
Meanwhile, eight flights of local airline Air Macao originally scheduled to depart from Macao have been delayed or canceled, according to information released on the website of Macao International Airport.