Brace for a bat­ter­ing as weather wors­ens

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - NEWS - LUKE FOLB

A COLD front bring­ing more rain, strong winds and snow on the moun­tains is ex­pected to ar­rive in the Western Cape to­day fol­low­ing an ear­lier front that brought rain over the past week.

The cold snap is ex­pected to con­tinue to­mor­row with snow­falls ex­pected in high-ly­ing ar­eas.

City of Cape Town Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment spokesper­son Charlotte Pow­ell said the South African Weather Ser­vice had is­sued weather warn­ings, with fore­casts of heavy rain­falls, strong winds, very cold con­di­tions and pos­si­ble snow­falls.

“All City of Cape Town ser­vices and ap­pli­ca­ble ex­ter­nal agen­cies will be on standby to deal with any po­ten­tial con­se­quences of the se­vere weather episode which could in­clude up­rooted trees, power in­ter­rup­tions and flooded road­ways,” Pow­ell said.

The City said it would pro­vide emer­gency shel­ter in the event that peo­ple were dis­placed as a re­sult of flood­ing.

South African Weather Ser­vice spokesper­son Rian Smith said the rain was ex­pected to fall on and off through­out the day. “The bulk of the rain will come in the late morn­ing to early af­ter­noon and we will see some snow­fall overnight,” he said.

Snow Re­port SA said the moun­tain ranges that could see more than 15cm of snow­fall in­cluded the Hot­ten­tots Hol­land, Ceder­berg, Ma­troos­berg and Boland.

The City urged the pub­lic to re­port any emer­gen­cies by di­alling 107 from a lan­d­line or 021 4807700 from a cell­phone.

Gen­eral ser­vice re­quests could be di­rected to 0860 103089. – Ad­di­tional re­port­ing by ANA

PIC­TURE: TRACEY ADAMS/AFRICAN NEWS AGENCY (ANA)

Three chil­dren duck un­der a beach um­brella to dodge the rain yes­ter­day on a trip to a spaza shop in Vry­grond.

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