Trees uprooted, power lines collapse and homes flood in Cape storm

2016-04-22 18:09

Cape Town – Parts of Cape Town have been submerged, trees have been uprooted and power lines are down as a well-developed cold front makes its way across the country.

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City of Cape Town disaster risk management spokesperson Charlotte Powell said 100 homes in Khayelitsha and 50 in Marcus Garvey, Philippi, have reportedly been flooded.

Flooded roads have also caused damage to property in Kensington and Wetton.

Trees have uprooted in Constantia, Belhar, Delft, Kloofnek, Fish Hoek, Wynberg and Glencairn, while power lines are down in Retreat.

Roofs have blown off homes in Schaapkraal, Philippi, Lavender Hill, Imizamo Yethu and Masiphumelele.

The city's departments of roads and stormwater, electricity and parks and forests are attending to the incidents.

“Disaster management is in consultation with the South African Weather Service which has advised that the worst of the storm has passed the Cape metropole and is moving northeasterly. Wind speeds have been recorded at Cape Town International Airport of 50km/h to 80km/h,” Powell said.

The weather should improve by between 19:00 and 21:00 on Friday evening, she said.

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