Storm Brings Some Relief to Parched Cape Town

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"Residents living in informal settlements will probably be the hardest hit", Charlotte Powell, Cape Town city's disaster management spokeswoman said.

The City of Cape Town reported flooding at Imizamo Yethu in Hout Bay‚ Masiphumelele in Kommetjie and Royal Road in Maitland‚ where the primary school hall was opened to accommodate displaced families. Sibeko Ndevu‚ 30‚ said: "I was inside and I was lucky I wasn't hurt. We did what we could, but unfortunately, we are dealing with a storm that is the worst in 30 years to have hit this province".

Video of the ocean along the Atlantic Seaboard in Sea Point.

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A police vehicle overturned on Jakes Gerwel Drive in Parow‚ and the railway line between Wellington and Bellville was closed by Transnet Freight Services‚ disrupting commuter trains.

A powerful storm heading for the Cape in a satellite picture shot at 11am yesterday. A bus shuttle operated between Worcester and Wellington. A strong wind is predicted to herald the onslaught on Thursday.


As well as a major power cut in Claremont‚ outages were reported in Strand‚ Steenberg‚ Newlands‚ Southfields‚ Bridgetown and Pinelands.

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

Snowfall is also expected over most high peaks of the Western Cape, with moderate to heavy snowfall over Matroosberg and the extreme high peak.

The storm is expected to dump more than two inches (50 mm) of rain in some areas and trigger waves of up to 12 metres, the South African Weather Service said in warnings. The Karoo town of Laingsburg had the least rainfall‚ with just 2mm.

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