Cape Town residents warned to avoid roads

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Reports began emerging on Wednesday morning of trees being uprooted, widespread power outages and roads being flooded across Cape Town - and, according to weather forecasters, the city is only expected to bear the full brunt of the storm later in the day. Roofs were also blown off in the Strand area, Kalkfontein, Delft, Mfuleni, Mandalay, while 15 people were displaced when their roofs were blown off in Imizamo Yethu in Hout Bay.

Cape Town's famous Chapman's Peak Drive was also closed due to the storm.

The Ventusky website, which provides a wide range of interactive meteorological data - including wind speeds, wind gusts, air pressure, clouds, rain, temperature and wave height - showed the core of the storm still lying to the west and southwest of Cape Town at 8am on Wednesday.

"Residents should make real preparations for the storm".

The weather service issued warnings for several areas in the Western Cape including the winelands‚ the Cape metropole‚ and the Overberg‚ saying damaging winds‚ high seas and flooding could result in "loss of life". "The injuries were caused by roof collapses", Styan said.

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And it advised residents anywhere on the coast to consider moving their cars to higher ground.

Disaster Management are preparing for the worst, as they are required to do.

Metrorail services between Kraaifontein and Bellville have been cancelled and commuters should expect delays of up to an hour on all other lines, Metrorail said on Twitter. The problem is we have a very big province and we don't know what's going to happen where.

After extensive consultation with all roleplayers and at the recommendation of the Provincial Disaster Risk Management and SA Weather Service, I have taken the unprecedented decision in the interest of learner and educator safety to close schools in the Western Cape tomorrow, 7 June 2017. "If we need someone to get to Oudtshoorn very quickly you need a helicopter‚" said Styan.

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