ALERT: Emergency services on standby as cold front holds flooding risk for Western Cape

2017-08-10 14:04 - Selene Brophy
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Cape Town - A cold front is expected to hit the Western Cape on Thursday evening, 10 August bringing with it some extreme weather conditions ahead of the weekend.

Localised flooding, gale force winds, high seas

The South African Weather Service has issued a watch for Friday, 11 August due to the possibility of localised flooding in places across the Cape Metropole and southern parts of Cape Winelands. 

Added to this gale force wind warnings, issued for Thursday, are expected to continue between Table Bay and Cape Agulhas into Friday morning, with north-westerly winds of up to 60-75km/h expected. 

High seas with wave heights of approximately 6 metres have been forecast for Thursday evening, subsiding by Friday afternoon.

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Emergency services on standby   

"The City’s Disaster Risk Management Centre (DRMC) is on standby to coordinate any emergency response that may be required as a result of the expected weather conditions," says Disaster Risk Management Spokesperson, Mandy Thomas.

"We call on residents to report any weather-related emergencies to the City’s Public Emergency Communication Centre by dialling 021 480 7700 from a cellphone or 107 from a landline."

SEE: Cape's cold front expected to bring snowy weekend

While the rain is most welcomed, the province is still very much in the grips of a drought. Cape Town is currently implementing Level 4b restrictions, and the City of Cape Town says dam storage levels are at 27,9% which means the amount of useable water is at 17,9%.  

Snowfalls on high-lying regions

Snow flurries are also expected on Friday, with SnowReport forecasting snow along Matroosberg (5cm), Cederberg (1cm), Groot Wellington Sneeukop (5cm) and Sneeuberg in Cederberg (2cm).

"Some of the other high peaks in the Western Cape could also get light dustings," says Snow Report SA, adding that "It is unlikely that there will be any low-level snow at this stage, and all falls will be confined to the high peaks." 

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