Floods, Gale Force Winds, Trees Fell Onto Cars, Accidents, Trucks Blown Over, Camps Bay Water Up To Window Height, Houses Evacuated And More...
Expect high seas reaching 9 m off shore with 4.5 to 5m inshore swell, which could result in storm surges. Coastal dwellers are advised of possible abnormally high waves, which may result in beach degradation or destruction of minor infrastructure.
"A rapidly deepening low pressure system associated with a cold front will pass through the Western and Eastern Cape from Friday the 22nd through until Saturday 23rd April 2016," says SA Weather Service spokesperson Garth Sampson.
But as one part of the Western Cape is hit by storms, the SA Weather Service warns that extremely high fire dangers exist over its Eden District, the Central Karoo, as well as the extreme western parts of the Eastern Cape.
Across the rest of the country, conditions will warm to very hot towards the north as Mpumalanga's Skukuza is set to sizzle at 39°C, while Limpopo's Lephalale and Musina will reach 36°C on Friday. Pretoria will see a high of 29°C and Johannesburg 27°C, while Bloemfontein will only reach 22°C.
CAPE TOWN – South Africa’s National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) issued a warning, calling for caution” due to dangerous conditions along the country’s coastline at the weekend.
“Storm conditions, strong gale force winds, rough seas, heavy swells and big surf coupled with the full moon Spring tide will cause dangerous sea, surf and shoreline conditions over the weekend and into the first part of next week,” NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon said.
It said the SA Weather Service had posted alerts warning of rough seas, storm conditions, strong gale force winds and storm surges and were monitoring weather data charts to adapt warnings accordingly.
“This full moon Spring tide peaks on Friday 22nd April and will add to the forecast weather conditions causing dangerous sea, surf and shoreline conditions,” the NSRI said. “Spring tide conditions will last into the early part of next week.”
According to the NSRI spring tide happens twice every month of the year, at full moon and at new moon, and bring higher than normal high tides, lower than normal low tide, and stronger than normal rip currents.
The NSRI urged boaters, paddle boarders, bathers, sailors and anglers to be cautious around the coast over the coming weekend.
“Watch weather warnings, have the sea rescue emergency number 112 programmed in your phone, only go to sea if it is absolutely necessary and anglers fishing along the shoreline should be vigilant of the tides and breaking surf.”
- Africa News Agency
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#CapeStorm Claremont roads under water and pavements being eroded. Fun for us but not residents pic.twitter.com/BqDP7pC1XQ— Jenny P (@jencapetown) April 22, 2016
#CapeStorm Claremont roads under water and pavements being eroded. Fun for us but not residents pic.twitter.com/BqDP7pC1XQ
RT @Artii_M: Some of the roads filled-up with water as #CapeStorm continues pic.twitter.com/sco93WszUq— eNCA (@eNCA) April 22, 2016
RT @Artii_M: Some of the roads filled-up with water as #CapeStorm continues pic.twitter.com/sco93WszUq