The weather is blowing Capetonians away, quite literally. Gale-force winds wrecked havoc across the Mother City on Thursday night [October 1], and is predicted to continue on its warpath today.
The City of Cape Town’s Disaster Risk Management received reports of uprooted trees in Sea Point, Ruyterwacht, Clifton, Sir Lowry’s Pass and Langa. Trees also caused damage to property in Nyanga and Gugulethu.
Trees have also fallen across roadways in Strand, Goodwood, Sir Lowry’s Pass Village, Milnerton and Camps Bay.
Road Closure / Milton Road – Sea Point The road has been closed due to a tree which has been uprooted.
Cape Town’s gale-force winds have caused havoc across the Mother City overnight, with trees uprooted and several roofs damaged. The City of Cape Town has received reports of trees that have been uprooted in the areas of Sea Point, Ruyterwacht, Clifton, Sir Lowry’s Pass and Langa. pic.twitter.com/OEriqci4d8
— Voice of the Cape (@VOCfm) October 2, 2020
Cape Town wind in Sea Point😂😂😂
Video Credit: Vincent pic.twitter.com/AfLQFWeTEv
— Ngonidzashe (@PrinceMzet) October 1, 2020
— Dominique in the City 🌍 🇳🇦 🇿🇦 🇳🇱 (@dheusdensza) October 2, 2020
➡A sample of #CapeWind in @SeaPointRocks tonight…hot dog cart blew INTO this #hotel+smashed all windows+wind dislodged entire roof, I’m told. 🌍💥🍃🌀 #capetown #southafrica #weather cc @breakingweather @ewnupdates PS at end of vid, entire sheet glass broke free over my head.. pic.twitter.com/Z909762uvV
— James Costello 😎🌍🇿🇦 (@jamescapetown) October 1, 2020
The City also received reports of roof sheeting blown off home in Bonteheuwel, Macassar and Manenberg. A section of the University of the Western Cape’s roof also appears to have been destroyed after strong winds.
From John BurgerThis is at the University of the Western Cape after the damaging winds ripped through.
The relevant City departments have started work to clear the impacts of the strong winds.
Residents are reminded to please call the Public Emergency Communication Centre on 021 480 7700 from a cellphone or 107 from a landline in case of any emergencies related to the prevailing weather conditions.
Provincial Department of Local Government Ministry Spokesperson James-Brent Styan told SABC News the adverse weather conditions will continue on Friday [October 2].
“We are expecting a lot of rain in areas that have not had a lot of rain before that includes the Central Karoo region, the parts of the Garden Route and in the Overberg. We are expecting the strong winds to continue until tomorrow evening in the City of Cape Town and elsewhere in the province. This goes along with big waves along the coast line. So we want to urge people to avoid driving as much as possible.”
Strong winds and rain are predicted to continue on Friday. A high of 17°C and low of 13°C is expected, along with winds of 40km/h and a 40% chance of rain.