Saturday, August 23, 2008

Macao's traffic resumes after Typhoon Nuri sweeps away

The Macao Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau lowered all strong wind signals at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, as Typhoon Nuri moved further away from the island city.

According to the SMG, Nuri has edged further northwest toward Guangzhou, capital of China's southern Guangdong province, at a velocity of 12 km per hour, and was over 100 km away from Macao this morning.

As the weather conditions enhanced, local land, air and sea traffic was back in operations. The three bridges connecting the Macao Peninsula and the Taipa Island were open to local vehicles again after their temporary shutdown Friday when the SMG hoisted the strong wind signal No. 8.

Local bus service and ferry service linking Macao to Hong Kong resumed operations this morning as well, while flights at the Macao International Airport started boarding this morning following Friday's cancellation or delay, according the information posted on the Airport's website.

During Friday's storm, some 62 minor accidents were reported, most of which involved falling objects, such as advertising signs, iron sheets and aluminum windows, from a height, and three civilians were injured in these accidents, according to the city's Civil Defense Center.

In addition, 14 civilians took shelter in the refuge center provided by the Special Administration Region government Friday.

Source: Xinhua

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