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#CapeStorm batters CT, causes some road closures

Western Cape traffic chief Kenny Africa says officials are monitoring all major routes on Wednesday morning.

The power of the gale force winds has uprooted trees in Cape Town. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - No trucks are allowed to use the Huguenot Tunnel as a result of a power failure thought to have been caused by the storm.

Western Cape traffic chief Kenny Africa says officials are monitoring all major routes on Wednesday morning.

Chapman's Peak Drive has also been closed.

In the Grabouw area, an uprooted tree has led to the closure of the N2.

The highway in the vicinity of Plettenberg Bay has been closed in both directions due to flooding.

The City of Cape Town’s disaster risk management says two people have been injured in Lavender Hill after the roof of a house was blown off.

Homes in Strand, Delft Mfuleni and Kalkfontein have also been damaged.

Shacks in Imizamo Yethu and Macassar Village have been blown away.

Trees have been ripped out of the ground in Delft, Durbanville, Kenilworth and Plattekloof. In Plumstead, a tree fell on a block of flats. No one was injured.

Power cables have also come down in various areas, including Athlone, Goodwood and Parow Valley.

Schools across the city have been shut down, with the provincial education department explaining this was done due to concerns over the safety of learners.

Universities have followed suit and exams have been suspended.

Disaster risk management's Charlotte Powell: "Disaster management has received numerous reports from across the metropole of roofs damaged or blown away. Trees were uprooted, some of which led to electricity power outages."

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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