Overnight, the much-anticipated Cape Town storm has uprooted large trees, overturned vehicles, blown off roofs, collapsed walls, left entire suburbs without electricity and forced several road closures – not to mention suspending schools for the day too.

It was like the late night television show that everybody was staying up late for. A fierce north-westerly gale began whipping itself into a frenzy as nightfall came, and then, a few minutes shortly after 10 pm, the first drops began to fall over the city. Soon thereafter the heavy rain arrived, a torrential downpour which became accompanied by loud thunderclaps and sheet lightning as the night drew on.

This morning, Capetonians are waking up to scenes of mayhem in some areas. No severe flooding has been reported yet, but from mid-morning until late afternoon is when apparently the storm will be in full force.

While the worst is reportedly still to come, let’s spare a thought for those living in informal settlements and provide help for those who need it whichever way we can. Donations will be greatly welcomed today for the less-fortunate. Dwellings in informal settlements around the city have also been hit hard, with increasing reports coming in about last night’s destruction caused as Cape Town wakes up this morning.

There is the possibility of flash flooding when the next installment of rain arrives this morning, predicted to hit at around 10 am. Gusts over 90/kmph are being recorded. Take cover, stay off the roads if possible and report emergencies to the City of Cape Town.

For emergencies, residents can use the following numbers:

Life Threatening Emergencies – 021 480 7700 (from a cellphone)
or 107 (from a landline)
SAPS Police Service – 10111
CT Disaster Management Centre – 080 911 4357
(floods/fallen trees/rockslides)
CT Roads & Stormwater: 0800 65 64 63Photography Sandy Lane in Bergvliet

Article written by

Justin Williams

Justin Williams is a born-and-bred Capetonian with a flair for writing. His icons include the late South African authors Lawrence Green, Eric Rosenthal and T.V. Bulpin, literary figures who continuously inspire him to cover the avenues of lifestyle, travel and nature in a local context. When Justin's not covering a story, he can be found in the mountains - he's a renowned wild food forager and is currently learning herbalism.