Strong winds are gusting through Cape Town right now and the Table Mountain Cableway company has been forced to suspend services. It has been predicted that the gale force winds will persist for the next 5 days.
2020-01-17 09:12:19: We are closed: adverse weather conditions. Temperature at the top is mild, wind strength is gale force, visibility poor #tmweather
— Table Mountain C/Way (@TableMountainCa) January 17, 2020
CABLE CAR CLOSED -103km/h winds!!! Weather for the next 5 days looks the same! Hopefully it changes but you just never know! @CapeTalk @TableMntnWatch @CapeTownGroup #wind #galforce #cablecar @CapeTownTourism @TableMountainNP
— Cape Town Hiking (@hikingcapetown) January 17, 2020
Gale force winds of 103km\h will deprive Cape Town residents and visitors to the Mother City of the opportunity to celebrate International Cable Car Day which is held annually on the 17th of January.
Table Mountain Cableway said on their website:
“This date is the anniversary of US inventor Andrew Smith Hallidie being granted the world’s first cable car patent in 1871. The Cableway has transported more than 25 million visitors from across the globe to the top of Table Mountain since 4 October 1929.”
Capetonians have taken to social media to express their reactions to the unexpected Cape Town winds.
Cape Town wind: it be harassment, at this stage. 😔
— Kamva Somdyala (@kamva_somdyala) January 17, 2020
Let’s be honest, Cape Town is an incredible place but the weather from Nov-Feb is a shitshow. It’s either a furnace or a wind tunnel or both combined like today. Luckily there are those rare pearlers in between that we all live for
— Kobus Dippenaar (@dippies23) January 17, 2020
Metrorail yesterday advised commuters that it would have to suspend services as the strong winds were putting sand on the tracks.
Strong winds resulting in sand on tracks between Fish Hoek and Simon’s Town. Simon’s Town trains will terminate at Fish Hoek. Commuters are advised to make use of own alternative transport between Fish Hoek and Simon’s Town.
— Metrorail W/Cape (@CapeTownTrains) January 16, 2020