Cape Town’s Storm Finally Arrives

The storm that was forecasted for today has finally arrived in a dramatic and sudden fashion.

The day had been mostly calm and sunny, causing some confusion and leaving Cape Tonians questioning the reliability of the weather forecast.

However, at approximately 14:00, heavy clouds started appearing on the horizon and an hour later, it had covered most of Cape Town.

The first reports of rain came from the coastal towns near to the Fish Hoek area.

Mild to heavy rains have been reported in Mitchells Plain, Lotus River, Constantia, Manenberg,  Claremont, Pinelands, Montague Gardens, Table View, Kenwyn, Observatory, Bothasig, Plumstead, Parow, Athlone, Grassy Park and Bellville.

Gale force winds are being reported in areas in and close to the Brackenfell, Kraaifontein and Northpine areas whereas areas closer to Worcester are still experiencing sunny and blue skies.

The apparent ferocity of the winds is becoming a worry with online commentators expressing concerns for their properties and cars.

In lower lying areas like the Cape Flats, flooding is almost certain.

According to the South African Weather Service, Cape Town is expected to experience 15mm of rain within a three-hour period.

This rain will be fuelled by gale-force winds of up to 75 km/h, with similar conditions over the Central Karoo and Breede River Valley districts

Stellenbosch will experience a total of 40mm of rain.

The Western Cape government has stated that they are on high alert and the Disaster Management and Fire and Rescue Services will be on standby to assist communities negatively affected by the storm.

If an emergency occurs, communities are encouraged to call the relevant emergency numbers.

The easiest number to remember to call in an emergency is 112. This number can be dialled toll-free from any cell phone.

In the case of an emergency, other relevant numbers to call are: City of Cape Town 107 landline or 021 480 7700; Cape Winelands: Langeberg Municipality 0860 88 1111; Eden District 044 805 5071; Central Karoo 023 414 2603; West Coast 022 433 8700; and Overberg 028 271 8111.

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