Weather warning issued for Cape Town as intense cold front is expected to land

2018-06-29 13:49
Rain has caused localised flooding in parts of Cape Town. (Duncan Alfreds, News24, file)

Rain has caused localised flooding in parts of Cape Town. (Duncan Alfreds, News24, file)

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While the rain started pouring in Cape Town on Friday, the SA Weather Service has warned that an intense cold front is expected to land on Sunday and continue into Monday.

City of Cape Town disaster risk management spokesperson Charlotte Powell said heavy rainfall, strong winds, very cold conditions and possible snowfall over high-lying areas have been forecast.

"All City services and applicable external agencies will be on standby to deal with any potential consequences of the severe weather episode, which could include uprooted trees, power interruptions and flooded roadways," she warned.

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Emergency shelter is also expected to be activated in case people are displaced as a result of flooding.

A month ago, roofs were blown off homes, power lines came down and trees were uprooted as gale force winds and heavy downpours wreaked havoc in Cape Town.

A law enforcement officer narrowly escaped serious injury when a tree fell on his patrol vehicle in Constantia.

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Strong winds also blew over a bus on the R300, while the Huguenot Tunnel was closed following a power failure, believed to be a result of the inclement weather.

Members of the public have been urged to report emergencies by dialling 107 from a landline or 021 480 7700 from a cellphone.

General service requests can be made to the City's call centre on 0860 103 089.

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