The Observatory said the power of Pakhar will not be in the same league as Hato, which brought Hong Kong its first typhoon signal No.10 in five years, and they now expect to issue a tropical storm signal no higher than No. 3. Some casinos shut down while others were relying on back-up generators.
Macau's weather forecasting chief Fong Soi-kun resigned amid growing criticism against the government's poor response to Typhoon Hato, which killed at least eight people in the enclave and injured more than 200.
On Aug. 23, 2017, Typhoon Hato (category 2 on the Saffir-Simpson Scale) made landfall just north of Macau, an Asian casino hub. Hato was the worst storm since 1968 to hit Macau causing city-wide blackouts, flooding, disruption in water supplies and damage to infrastructure and property.
"I am shocked with the late notice and lack of preparation that was given for this superstorm".
Amid mounting outrage at the government's handling of the storm, including the perceived failure to adequately warn residents as it approached, Macau leader Fernando Chui apologised and said the local observatory's head would step down. Macau residents, since colonial times accepted living under Beijing's large shadow, he said.
As a result, the trading in Hong Kong's financial markets was halted for the day, the stock exchange said.
But Dr Chung Kim-wah, a political scientist at Polytechnic University, said: "If the same happened in Hong Kong, it would be unbelievable".
Severe flooding overwhelmed Macau, which is in the process of building new infrastructure such as a light rail, to cope with a surge in visitors.
Transportation remains in chaos, with damage to both of Macau's ferry terminals and roads crammed with traffic, and schools, museums and public venues remain closed.
In the neighbouring southern Chinese province of Guangdong, at least four people died and around 27,000 were evacuated to temporary shelters, the official Xinhua news agency said.
Hato had been downgraded to a tropical storm on Thursday and was about 680 km (420 miles) west of Hong Kong and expected to weaken further as it moves inland over China.