Typhoon Prapiroon paralysed public transport in Macau, leaving hundreds of travellers stranded at a major ferry terminal, the airport and tourist hot spots. A No 8 warning signal was hoisted at 9.30am as Prapiroon drew near Macau. Buses stopped operating, as did Macau-Hong Kong and Macau-Shenzhen passenger ferries. Most flights from Macau International Airport were cancelled, and only a few taxis were running. The three bridges linking the Macau peninsula and Taipa Island were closed, with only the Sai Van Bridge's underpass left open. Visitors were stranded for hours at various sites in the city. 'We've been waiting here for more than three hours,' said Yang Kairong, of Shanghai, standing at A-Ma Temple. 'There are no buses and a taxi driver asked an unreasonable fee.' Mr Yang and two friends were busy calling the taxi company, only to be told again that none were available. More than 200 passengers were stranded at the Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal. Most Macau residents were told to go home after arriving at work. The typhoon forced the closure of many entertainment venues, including the Fisherman's Wharf and at least six casinos, and only a small number of stores and restaurants stayed open. Strong winds uprooted trees, some of which fell on vehicles but did not cause any injuries. Some determined tourists continued sightseeing in the adverse weather. 'We are already here, so we've got to continue at the tourists' request,' said Jiang Xuan, leading 34 Guangdong visitors between Macau's heritage sites.