5 dead as storm brings some relief to drought-hit Cape Town

Posted June 07, 2017

Forecast images: The storm is predicted to make landfall on Cape Town on Tuesday evening.

At Somerset Mall‚ in Somerset West‚ part of the roof of the Mr Price Home store collapsed‚ forcing the evacuation of the building.

A severe storm is set to hit the Western Cape on Wednesday, following months of dry conditions in the area.

City of Cape Town fix and disaster teams were run off their feet attending to fallen trees and power cuts throughout the city.

In May, the Western Cape province declared a drought disaster after two reservoirs were already completely dry. The problem is we have a very big province and we don't know what's going to happen where.

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"Residents living in informal settlements will probably be the hardest hit", Charlotte Powell, Cape Town city's disaster management spokeswoman said. They should be prepared to stay inside their homes.

"We appreciate the concern and cooperation of our principals and will work closely with schools to deal with issues resulting from the storm", Shreuder added.

High wind speeds of up to 90km/h or higher are possible, with rainfall of up to 50mm within 24 hours in certain areas.

Video of the ocean along the Atlantic Seaboard in Sea Point.

. A bus shuttle operated between Worcester and Wellington.

No major delays on roads across Cape Town were reported.

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A large fire caused by strong berg winds closed the N2 between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay.

Overnight‚ roofs were blown off in Strand‚ Kalkfontein‚ Delft‚ Mfuleni and Mandalay.

"There have been five fatalities; four people in Kraaifontein and another in Lavender Hill".

Heavy rain and flash flooding are expected in places over the western parts of the Western Cape, areas such as the Cape Metropole, Cape Winelands and Overberg on Wednesday into Thursday morning, it said.

Langgewens in the Swartland region of the Western Cape gets 395mm of rain a year‚ but it got 8% of that in one night on Tuesday. The Karoo town of Laingsburg had the least rainfall‚ with just 2mm.

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