by Polly Hui
HONG KONG, Aug 22, 2008 (AFP) - Hong
Kong issued its highest storm warning in five years Friday as Typhoon Nuri
brought hurricane-force winds and heavy rain, halting trade on financial
markets and shutting down most of the city.
Flights were delayed, schools and most
offices closed and bus and ferry services suspended as the southern Chinese
territory prepared to take a direct hit from the storm.
The Hong Kong Observatory issued the
level-nine storm signal for the first time since 2003, signifying winds
would intensify, and warned people not to venture outdoors.