Cape Town is not called the Cape of Storms for nothing, the province has earned the title through the decades. Lashing rains and gale-force winds wreaked havoc across the Cape from the early hours of Saturday morning [June 27].

A Facebook post on Matroosberg Reserve confirmed snowfall on Friday night. More snow is expected on Saturday, but they warned that only 4×4 vehicles will be allowed to reach the snow higher up.

The City of Cape Town said the Disaster Operations Centre reported damage across the metropole.

“A large tree was uprooted and three dwellings were destroyed in Victoria Lodge Informal settlement in Southfield. Two structures were damaged in Lotus Park, Gugulethu, also due to a tree that was uprooted,” said the City.

Other large trees were uprooted in Wynberg, Plumstead, Fish Hoek and Retreat. These incidents are being attended to by the Recreation and Parks Department.

“Power outages were experienced in Philippi, Steenberg, Fish Hoek, Kensington, Hout Bay, Plumstead and Gugulethu. The Electricity Department will attend to all reported outages. Various roads across the City were flooded and these are being attended to by the Transport Directorate.”

A picture on social media showed a few cars completely damaged at the Wynberg Library after a tree crashed down on them.

Tree crashed into a few cars in Wynberg.
The tree was uprooted by the storm.
Several cars were damaged.
The Bonteheuwel Canal broke it’s banks.
Tree uprooted in Parow North.


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