| Photo taken on Sept. 29, 2011 shows the Victoria Harbor under heavy clouds as Typhoon Nesat approaches, in Hong Kong, south China. (Xinhua/He Jingjia)|
HONG KONG, Sept. 29 (Xinhua) -- Hong Kong Observatory issued the No. 8 Southeast Gale or Storm Signal Thursday morning, as typhoon Nesat moves nearer to the territory.
Hong Kong Observatory said, at 12 noon (Hong Kong time), Typhoon Nesat was centered about 370 kilometers southwest of Hong Kong, near 19.7 degrees north 112 degrees east, and is forecast to move west-northwest at about 22 kilometers per hour in the general direction of Hainan Island and Leizhou.
Under the influence of Nesat's broad circulation, gale winds still persist over parts of Hong Kong in particular over the western and southern parts of the territory. The signal No. 8 will remain in force for more of the time during the day, according to the observatory.
Many functions and activities have been canceled or postponed ascribed to the bad weather brought by Nesat. Hong Kong's stock market suspended; all courts, tribunals, court registries and offices were closed this morning; the education bureau announced suspension of all classes; the Hospital Authority has suspended general out-patient and specialist clinics for the morning.
Transport services were also affected. All ferry services and most bus services have been suspended; the train provides limited services; more than 30 flights have to be delayed.
The city's Home Affairs Department has opened 11 temporary shelters in various districts for people in need of refuge during the passage of the typhoon.
There more than 30 reports of scaffolding and trees collapse, at least three people were injured.