Update On The Monster Storm + Facts You Must Know
The Cape Town storm is predominantly a wind storm as several families have been displaced after their roofs and dwellings were blown away.
Residents of the city were warned by SA Weather Service (SAWS) about the monster storm coming in from the Atlantic coast on Tuesday.
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Electricity poles and cables in some areas in the city have also been pulled down due to the storm. Fallen trees were spotted in most areas lying on properties like cars, houses, fences and on the ground.
The storm descended on Western Cape at approximately 11 pm on Tuesday night, according to James-Brent Styan, the spokesman for Western Cape Local Government MEC Anton Bredell.
Styan also disclosed that damages across the province occurred after the heavy wind and rain hit the West Coast of the province and progressed eastwards during the course of Tuesday night.
- Part of the roof of a building at Bergvliet High School was blown off.
- There were reports of rockfalls on Clarence Drive between Gordon’s Bay and Rooi Els.
- Electricity cables were down in Athlone, Weltevreden Valley, Pelican Park, Schaapkraal, Goodwood, Boston and Parow Valley.
- Over 2000 people in Imizamo Yethu are now displaced, in addition to 400 people in Macassar Village, due to flooding.
- The massive billboard at Wynberg Driving Range at Ottery turnoff M5 on the M5 has been taken by the wind.
- Roofs were also blown off in the Strand area, Kalkfontein, Delft, Mfuleni, Mandalay.
- 5 Royal Road informal settlement residents are taking shelter at a school in Maitland as their dwelling was compromised.
- Trees were uprooted in Durbanville, Delft, Plattekloof and Plumstead. One of the trees reportedly landed on a block of flats but luckily no one was injured.
- Electricity was also reportedly out in Woodstock and areas of Mitchells Plain.
- A fire broke out in the Eden District due to pre-storm conditions.
A few hours ago, reports from Cape Town have it that:
- Chapman’s Peak was closed to traffic.
- There were road closures at Main Road and Chestnut in Hout Bay due to an uprooted tree.
- There was a heavy congestion on both the N1 & N2.
Outside Cape Town:
- N2 Grabouw by Peregrine Farm closed to Traffic due to fallen tree.
- N2 by Plettenberg Bay closed in both directions due to flooding.
Across the province, no reports of fatalities or serious injuries have been recorded. However, some evacuations have been made and a handful of injured citizens taken to hospital by Emergency Services. The victims sustained injuries as a result of roof collapses.
However, City of Cape Town’s Disaster Risk Management Centre earlier reported that a woman and a four-year-old child were injured when powerful winds ripped the roof off their home in Lavender Hill.
Motorists are advised to maintain a safe travelling distance and ensure their vehicle headlights are on. The public is also cautioned not to go to Western Cape beaches throughout the day.
Members of the public are warned to avoid dams, rivers and outdoors activities including hiking throughout the day.
Residents along coast areas such as Bakoven, Camps Bay Main Road, Slangkop, Kommetjie, Small and Big Bay in Blouberg, Melkbosstrand, Strand are warned to take extra precautions.
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Presently, the Cape Town storm and affected areas are being monitored at the Disaster Risk Management Centre in Goodwood.
Fast Facts You Must Know
- Average wind speeds between 55 and 70 km/h and gusts of between 80 and 90km/h were recorded throughout Tuesday evening.
- Some of the more notable rainfall figures include, 45mm recorded in Grabouw.
- The Atlantic Ocean is expected this afternoon with a peak touching on 13 metres in some areas.
- The Cape Town storm predicted to be the worst for 30 years, would reach its height between 11 am and 5 pm on Wednesday according to Forecasters.
- Rainfall of up to 50mm within 24 hours is expected in certain areas.
- The Transnet Port Authority has stationed tugs on standby to provide assistance in towing and holding boats in position in and out of port in case of emergency.
- Over a million Western Cape learners are sitting at home following a decision by education authorities on Tuesday.
- By 8 am on Wednesday, normal operation of trains and automobiles were affected as a result of the storm. However, the story was different at the Cape Town International Airport at the said time.
- By 8 am, the railway line between Wellington and Bellville was closed by Transnet Freight Service.
- Examinations at the Stellenbosch University has been postponed as a result of the severe Cape Town storm.
Meanwhile, for an emergency, please contact the following:
- All emergencies – 021 480 7700
- Traffic Services – 021 596 1999
- Disaster Risk Management – 080 911 4357
- Electricity Services – 0860 103 089