Macau says to cut transportation services in anticipation of super typhoon Saola, which is expected to move towards the gaming hub on Friday.

China issued its highest typhoon warning on Thursday as Saola drew closer to Macau and the mainland’s southern coast. Multiple cities have also delayed their transportation connections due to the storm.

The Marine and Water Bureau of Macau announced that the ferry service between Macau and Hong Kong would be suspended. The last ferry would depart the outer Harbour for Hong Kong at 11:59 PM and Taipa at 11:30 PM on Thursday.

Authorities also said that if they hoist the flag for typhoon signal number 8, the shuttle service between Hong Kong International Airport and Macau through the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge will close within two hours. Bus service will only resume two hours after signal number 8 is taken down.

Macau Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau noted that under the joint effect of storm surge and astronomical tide, flooding will occur in low-lying areas during the daytime on the 2nd. The possibility of issuing a yellow storm surge warning is high.

Air Macau and AirAsia have also announced that they will cancel a number of flights scheduled on September 1st and September 2nd. The impacted flights include Shanghai, Chengdu, Hangzhou, Taipei, Xiamen, Manila, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, and other destinations.

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