Cape region in for heavy rains and strong winds

2015-06-02 18:36

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Cape Town - Heavy rain and strong wind is expected in parts of the Western Cape over the next two days, but the provincial government says it is ready to respond to weather emergencies.

According to SA Weather Service forecaster Kgoloselo Mahlangu, the eastern part of the province, including areas such as Beaufort West and George, would be affected.

“There are heavy rains that could lead to localised flooding tonight [Tuesday],” she said.

“Moving to tomorrow, the same area is affected but stretching to the west, in areas like Worcester, Ceres and Hermanus, heavy rainfalls are also expected.”

Temperatures were expected to drop by more than five degrees in the province on Wednesday, with maximum temperatures reaching between 13 and 16 degrees. 

Truck blown over, power lines damaged

Mahlangu said there was also an alert for strong winds on Wednesday, with speeds above 65km/h expected between Cape Agulhas and Cape Columbine.

A truck was blown over at the Huguenot Tunnel around 22:00 on Monday, forcing that portion of the N1 to close, said provincial traffic chief Kenny Africa. Due to gale-force winds, the road was only re-opened at 10:30 on Tuesday.

Also on Monday, strong winds caused the roof of the Dalweide substation to blow off and land on the 66kV station, causing a short circuit, said Drakenstein municipality spokesperson Mart-Marie Haasbroek. Power supply to Paarl and Mbekweni was affected for just over two hours.

She said the wind damaged high and low voltage power lines in Paarl, Wellington and Mbekweni.

The roof of a bus shelter, near the Dal Josafat stadium, was also blown off.

Chapman’s Peak Drive in Cape Town remained closed until further notice due to major mudslides on Sunday morning.

Contingency plans in place

Provincial Environmental Affairs and Development Planning MEC Anton Bredell said that the provincial disaster management centre was ready for the winter season and contingency plans were in place.

The main risks he highlighted were heavy rains and flooding, mudslides, cold weather, informal settlement fires and electricity constraints.

“To prepare for these challenges, we have done a lot of proactive work in all thirty of the municipalities across the province and in April we liased with our municipalities to ensure they are in a state of winter readiness,” Bredell said.

Provincial and municipal disaster centres had officials on standby around the clock and were ready to be activated should the need arise.

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