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South African Weather Service issues flood alerts for Cape Town

The South African Weather Service issues flood alerts in certain parts of the province

Overnight rain that has persisted through the early morning rush hour,has prompted the South African Weather Service to issue several flood alerts. The Cape Town weather has caused a few traffic incidents which are likely to turn the commute into a nightmare.

The following weather alerts are in place from 10:00 – 21:00.

  • City of Cape Town – weather watch, flood alerts.
  • Theewaterskloof and Grabouw – weather watch, flood alerts.
  • Overstrand and Hermanus – weather watch, flood alerts.

Intense periods of rain are expected over the south-western Cape Winelands, western Overberg and Cape Metropole (Informal settlements) on Friday. Some areas in the province are expected to get more than 50mm of rain. This may be good news for the dams but poorer citizens are at risk of having their homes flooded.

As is always the case with extreme weather conditions, the traffic has been greatly affected in Cape Town this morning. A number of problems have been reported during the early commute to work:

  • One lane has been closed on the N1 Southbound at Rigel Avenue.
  • The N2 Outbound before R300 als has a lane closure.
  • R300 Northbound on the ramp to Old Paarl is severely congested.
  • There are reports of jack-knifed truck on the N1 Outbound, opposite Ysterplaat and just before Century City.
  • Crash on N2 Inbound On Hospital Bend – expect delays.

Earlier in the day, a taxi had flipped over on the approach to the N2 at Symphony Bridge. This incident has since been cleared up, but the dreadful effects the moody Cape Town weather can have on the roads has already become apparent:

A weather alert is an advisory note which raises awareness in advance of either an expected large scale potential disruptive weather system that could later lead to specific warnings with time, or to less urgent alerts of uncommon conditions. This is currently in place for Cape Town weather forecast.

While, a weather warning is an alert calling for the reaction due to a very high certainty of a severe weather hazard which is already occurring or imminent within 24 hours, and that could lead to disruptive and disastrous conditions. No severe warnings have yet been issued for the Western Cape.

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