Batten down the hatches, Cape Town warns

2013-11-14 22:13
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Johannesburg - Cape Town's disaster response centre is preparing for the possibility of flash floods in the next two days, it said on Thursday.

"The City of Cape Town's disaster risk management centre is on alert following reports of heavy rainfall over the next two days, which could lead to flash floods," spokesperson Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said in a statement.

He said the SA Weather Services had warned of heavy rainfall of up to 50mm and a cold front in many parts of the Western Cape from Friday afternoon until Saturday.

There was a possibility that the heavy rainfall could result in flash flooding in the Cape metropole, southern parts of the West Coast district, western parts of the Central Karoo, the Overberg, Cape Winelands, and Eden district.

"In addition, gale-force easterly/south-easterly winds [65 km/h to 70km/h] are expected from Table Bay to Cape Agulhas and off-shore of the South Coast tomorrow [Friday] afternoon and Saturday," he said.

The centre was deploying disaster response teams and engineering crews to assess the levels of the water across Cape Town, to ensure the necessary action be taken to safeguard life and property.

The SAWS added that it expected isolated severe thunderstorms over Northwest Province, Gauteng, the Free State, KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape, especially on Friday and Saturday

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