WARNING: Storms, gale-force winds expected

Capetonians have been warned to brace themselves for stormy weather this week.

You can expect heavy rain, extreme cold conditions, gale-force winds, storm surges, high sea conditions and even snowfalls tomorrow and Thursday, the City of Cape Town said yesterday.

“Heavy rain [50mm of rain in a 24-hour period] is possible over the western parts of the Western Cape [tomorrow].

“The highest rainfall is expected particularly over the western mountainous areas,” it said.

Local Government MEC Anton Bredell said while rainfall was welcome in the drought-stricken province, the weather conditions could cause flooding.

“Some of the other associated risks during bad weather like this also includes mudslides and informal settlement fires,” said Bredell.

Disaster management teams in the provinces and municipalities would be on 24-hour standby and should be called in a case of emergency.

“The easiest number to remember to call in an emergency is 112. This number can be dialled toll-free from any cellphone.”

The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith said residents can reduce their flood risk by taking heed of the following tips:

  • Make sure drainage pipes and stormwater gutters on your property are not blocked.
  • Check for dead or burnt trees that have the potential of falling and causing damage.
  • Place sandbags where necessary to protect critical areas.
  • In informal settlements, raise the floor level of your home to be higher than outside.