AS IT HAPPENED: #CapeStorm - More evacuations in Knysna

2017-06-07 21:00

Eight people have been killed, four of them in a fire caused by lightning as a massive stormed raged in the Western Cape, with its effects spreading to outlying areas.

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07 Jun 22:44

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Reports from the Eden municipality have indicated that much of Knysna has to be evacuated as a result of the fire raging in the area.

Provincial spokesperson James-Brent Styan said however that people were being evacuated on a case by case basis.

"We are evacuating on an area-to-area basis as the need arises. It is not true that we will be having a mass evacuation in Knysna.

That is incorrect, people in Knysna must listen to announcements by municipality, and not reports on social media.

"I have just spoken to the Eden municipality, and there is no truth to statement sent regarding the evacuation," said James-Brent Styan, provincial local government spokesperson.

07 Jun 21:59

07 Jun 21:13

Scores of Capetonians will spend the night in community halls and shelters following a raging storm that is expected to lash much of the Western Cape until Friday.

Safety and security mayoral committee member JP Smith said 870 structures had been destroyed while more than 2 500 people had been affected by water-logged homes.

More than 100 people have been displaced and would be spending the night at community halls while more than 100 homeless people had also sought shelter at night havens.

07 Jun 19:31

The City of Cape Town has cautioned residents that despite heavy rains, there is still a need to reduce water usage.

"Water users are reminded that water is only permitted for essential use, irrespective of the rainfall that is being experienced," the city said in a statement on Wednesday.

07 Jun 19:24

"Garden Route suburbs have been evacuated as more than 26 fires broke out and many continue burning between George and Plettenberg Bay. The N2 in the area has been closed to traffic," the Western Cape government said in a statement. 

07 Jun 19:15

The Western Cape government says that its Disaster Management Centre is continuing to manage a range of crisis around the province as the storm continues to rage.

"We remain concerned about the extreme cold weather moving into the province as night falls and urge the public to remain indoors and dress warmly tonight. In addition, limit traveling across the province and contact the authorities as soon as possible on the emergency number 112," said Anton Bredell, the Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning in the province.

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Heavy winds are blowing cars around and damaging properties in Cape Town as the Western Cape is affected by a huge storm front.

07 Jun 18:01
Cape Town International Airport confirmed that two flights have been diverted due to the major storm that began on Tuesday, 6 June, night.

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Weather outlook for Wednesday night #Capestorm

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Cape Town Atlantic seaboard taking a pounding in #Capestorm

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is on standby as the massive cold front moving over the Western Cape hits its peak on Wednesday afternoon, local authorities said.

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Be careful on the roads: It's quite slippery out there #Capestorm

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Flying above the #Capestorm

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Official Cape Town sunset at 17:44 today, but already dark as #Capestorm hits

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#Capestorm grounds President Jacob Zuma in Cape Town

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Despite poor weather conditions it's not always possible to avoid taking to our roads; whether you're headed off to work or simply need to perform important errands, we often take it for granted that disaster on the road can strike at anytime.

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Statement from provincial department on schools opening on Thursday:

Schools across the Western Cape will reopen tomorrow (Thursday, 8 June), following the severe storm that struck the province on Tuesday night. 

The department decided to close schools today (Wednesday, 7 June) after receiving information on the severity of the storm from Western Cape Disaster Management Centre and the South African Weather Services. 

We understand that the storm will abate overnight. There is no truth in rumours that schools would remain closed until the end of the week. There may be exceptions at certain schools that have been severely damaged by the storm.

Our district directors will liaise with the principals on contingency plans for these schools. A total of 22 schools reported damage by 14h00 today (Wednesday, 7 June). The department expects to receive further reports as schools mop up on Thursday. 

Most of the damage has been to roofs, fallen trees and broken fences. Schools are reporting storm damage to our Safe Schools Call Centre. It is too early to assess the costs involved.

Our infrastructure staff will work with schools and the Department of Transport and Public Works to assess damages. The WCED decided to close school today as a precautionary measure on the advice of Disaster Management and the Weather Services. Our primary concern has been the safety of learners and staff.

The damage to certain schools suggests good reason for this concern. In addition, those who commute to school may have been at risk, especially in rural areas. The decision to close schools today has disrupted school programmes.

We deeply appreciate the understanding of parents, principals and teachers, and their willingness to work with our officials in meeting these challenges positively.

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Going to be tough taking the train during the #Capestorm, says Metrorail

07 Jun 16:08
Schools will open tomorrow; officials expect the #Capestorm to abate

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Fires are spreading in the Southern Cape and have resulted in evacuations, road closures, and at least one home being gutted.

07 Jun 16:00
Flights diverted because of the #Capestorm

07 Jun 16:00

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