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Monster Storm in Cape Town

CAPE TOWN – A storm lashing the Cape Peninsula has wrought havoc, uprooting trees and damaging homes. A strong cold front has brought with it gale force winds and heavy rain. The City of Cape Town’s disaster risk management says two people have been injured in Lavender Hill after the roof of a house was blown off.

Homes in Strand, Delft Mfuleni and Kalkfontein have also been damaged. Shacks in Imizamo Yethu and Macassar Village have been blown away. Trees have been ripped out of the ground in Delft, Durbanville, Kenilworth and Plattekloof. In Plumstead, a tree fell on a block of flats. No one was injured. Power cables have also come down in various areas, including Athlone, Goodwood and Parow Valley.

Schools across the city have been shut down, with the provincial education department explaining this was done due to concerns over the safety of learners. Universities have followed suit and exams have been suspended. Disaster risk management’s Charlotte Powell explains: “Disaster management has received numerous reports from across the metropole of roofs damaged or blown away. Trees were uprooted, some of which led to electricity power outages.”

Powell adds that shelters have been made available to people affected by the storm. “Emergency shelter has been activated in Imizamo Yethu, Hout Bay, and Maitland. The centre will be monitoring high-risk areas and vulnerable communities to coordinate emergency response.”

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Disaster risk management and the South African Defence Force are on stand-by to assist those affected by the weather. Cape Town weather office forecaster Stella Nake says the eastward moving weather system will bring heavy rain which could lead to localised flooding.

“The system brings in strong gale force winds over the entire province, as well as the western parts of the Northern Cape interior.”

High swells are expected along the West Coast on Wednesday and Thursday. Meanwhile, South African Airways says it’s monitoring the storm and the current conditions have not led to any flight cancellations yet.

Spokeperson Tlali Tlali says flights between Johannesburg and Cape Town are operating as per schedule, adding that any changes will be communicated.

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