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WATCH | Cape Storm: Flooding in Struisbaai leads to evacuations

The Cape Storm hit on Wednesday morning and led to severe flooding in Struisbaai and surrounding areas. Evacuations are underway.

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The winter storm that made landfall in the Southern Cape on Wednesday, 5 May, has caused severe flooding in Struisbaai, Cape Agulhas and the surrounding areas, said the Western Cape government.


Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Anton Bredell said people are being evacuated from homes in the areas affected by the flash floods and rescue teams have been dispatched.

“People being evacuated from their homes are being housed at the Struisbaai Caravan Park and Stuisbaai Community Hall,” said Bredell.

Bredell added that the Cape Agulhas Municipality Joint Operational Centre (JOC) has been activated for all disaster management matters.


The South African Weather Service (SAWS) predicts that rainfall between 40 and 60 millimetres could fall during the Cape storm. Mountainous areas may be hit harder, with a predicted rainfall of between 80 to 100 millimetres accompanied by thunder and lightning and a small chance of hail.

The SAWS issued an ‘adverse weather’ warning on Tuesday and set that a cold front with heavy rains and strong winds could hit the Cape on Wednesday at 8:00. The phenomenon is caused by a “cut-off low”, according to the weather service. It is defined as “a deep, closed low pressure in the mid-troposphere…”

“A cut-off low is expected to affect the Western Cape from [Wednesday] into Thursday, resulting in widespread showers and thundershowers, strong winds and very rough sea conditions especially from Wednesday evening, extending into Thursday,” said SAWS in a statement.

The Overberg region, Garden Route District, parts of the Cape Winelands and Cape Metropole are all expected to be affected by the storm with the worst of it coming during the overnight hours.

Coastal users were also advised to stay clear of the sea, as the strong winds may lead to steep waves, which could reach heights of up to 4 to 5.5 metres at times.