WESTERN CAPE NEWS - Disaster Management centres across the province and emergency responders are on standby for the severe storm expected to make landfall in the Western Cape this evening.
The storm is predicted to hit large parts of the province including the Cape Town Metro, the Cape Winelands, the Overberg and the West Coast, and is expected to continue to Saturday.
Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Anton Bredell, is urging members of the public to stay indoors over the period.
“The South African Weather Service is advising that the province can expect a severe storm that includes heavy rain, gale force winds and very cold weather. We have recently seen the impact of the winds with tree fellings across the province and we want to make the public aware of the dangers of being outdoors during these weather conditions.”
Bredell says the public should contact the relevant disaster management entities as quickly as possible should an emergency occur.
“Do not attempt to cross fast moving water or to undertake any rescue or help missions by yourself. Contact the disaster responders who are on hand to assist in any emergency. The easiest number to remember to call in an emergency is 112. This number can be dialled toll-free from any cell phone.”
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