Gale force winds have been lashing Cape Town over the last three days, causing damage to infrastructure and leading to power outages. The Cape Doctor has been dishing out some bad medicine across Cape Town, with gale-force winds causing widespread havoc in the city since Friday night.
The City of Cape Town’s Disaster Risk Management Centre is on high alert after winds of up to 30km/h and 40km/h, with gusts as strong as 60km/h to 70km/h, have damaged infrastructure and several homes across the Mother City.
Roofs blown off, trees uprooted
According to City of Cape Town Disaster Management spokesperson Charlotte Powell, a roof had been blown off a building in Chiappini Street, Bo-Kaap, and another from a house in Roodehek Street, Gardens.
Large trees have also been uprooted in Rylands, Gordon’s Bay, Newlands, Mowbray, Rylands, and Bonteheuwel.
“No injuries or deaths have been reported so far,” Powell said on Sunday.
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SA Weather Service: Storm to last until Monday
The South African Weather Service has issued a warning, saying the gale force winds are likely to last until at least Monday.
A forecaster at the weather service, Matshidiso Mogale, has called residents to exercise caution and to steer clear from making fires and using any open flames.
“We have an intense upper air system that is resulting in these strong south-east gale winds. So, we’re expecting the strong gale force winds to persist from today [Saturday] into tomorrow as well, and it should start moderating by Monday.”
Widespread power outages
According to the City of Cape Town, storm-related electricity disruptions were being experienced in Pinelands, Bridgetown, Wynberg, Parow, Richmond Estate, Bellville, Seapoint, Strand, Claremont, Heideveld and Three Anchor Bay on Sunday.
Storm-related electricity disruptions are being experienced in Pinelands, Bridgetown, Wynberg, Parow, Richmond Estate, Bellville, Seapoint, Strand, Claremont, Heideveld and Three Anchor Bay. (1/5) pic.twitter.com/YuYzdYXcMS
— City of Cape Town (@CityofCT) January 19, 2020
Gusts of 100km/h at the top of Table Mountain have also forced the closure of the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway over the weekend.
The extreme weather conditions follows hot on the heels of the stormy conditions which the Mother City had to endure over Christmas with strong winds and excessive wave heights along the coastline.
The South African Weather Service has also issued a warning of severe thunderstorms with hail, heavy downpours and strong winds across south-eastern parts of the Northern Cape on Sunday.
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Source: The South African