Published: Wed, June 07, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Storm brings some relief to parched Cape Town

Storm brings some relief to parched Cape Town

That huge storm, now battering Cape Town, is set to hit Northern KZN on Friday morning.

No major delays on roads across Cape Town were reported. A bus shuttle operated between Worcester and Wellington.

Chapman's Peak Drive between Noordhoek and Hout Bay was closed‚ there were reports of rockfalls on Clarence Drive between Gordon's Bay and Rooi Els‚ and power failed at the Huguenot Tunnel‚ leading to a ban on heavy vehicles. A strong wind is predicted to herald the onslaught on Thursday.

Humanitarian aid has been dispatched to assist affected communities, said the city's disaster risk management spokesperson, Charlotte Powell.

Our kids have just earned themselves the equivalent of a U.S. "snow day", courtesy of the "Monster Storm" that's predicted to make landfall in Cape Town late this evening, as the Western Cape Education Department has announced that all schools shall remain closed tomorrow. They should be prepared to stay inside their homes. The problem is we have a very big province and we don't know what's going to happen where.

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"There have been five fatalities; four people in Kraaifontein and another in Lavender Hill".

Langgewens in the Swartland region of the Western Cape gets 395mm of rain a year‚ but it got 8% of that in one night on Tuesday.

The Earth website, which describes itself as a global map of wind, weather and ocean conditions, provided a great view on Wednesday morning of the gale force winds lashing the Western Cape, bringing torrential rain to the drought-stricken province (see image above, or click through to the live chart).

Jonkershoek‚ in Stellenbosch‚ was hard on its heels with 32mm‚ followed by Strand with 31mm.

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