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[LIVE] #CapeStorm: At least 8 deaths linked to storm

EWN brings you the latest updates on the storm hitting the Western Cape on 7 June 2017.

Welcome to EWN's live blog on the storm hitting parts of the Western Cape today.

We'll bring you rolling updates, videos, picture and more as we track the storm and its impact on Cape Town and surrounding areas.

Emergency services officials have closed more roads along the coast to protect people as showers continue to fall.

Finding a silver lining to the huge waves crashing along the Atlantic seaboard. Photo: Christa Eybers/EWN

President Jacob Zuma has been affected by #CapeStorm.

He was due to speak at the World News Media Congress in Durban today, but he's been unable to fly out of Cape Town

A view from the beach.

The additional three deaths happened in Knysna.

Is there a bright side to the #CapeStorm?

Western Cape authorities say eight deaths can be linked to the storm. This means an additional three deaths have been confirmed after the five confirmed earlier today

LIVE from the Sea Point Promenade.

Live from the Promenade in Sea Point!

Reports of hail in Cape Town...

Road markings are barely visible because of the roads being submerged in water:

Looking at the #CapeStorm like...

Sea swells in Sea Point and above Camps Bay. Picture: Gaby Gramm/iWitness

Storm is wreaking havoc as trees fall over people's houses.

Disaster management has its ears on the ground and eyes everywhere...

Eskom has released a list of areas that have been affected by the power cut:

The storm has damaged several Eskom power lines  - leaving more than 46,000 homes in the dark.

How is THIS for an early morning surprise?

The weather service says there's also a low chance of thunderstorms over parts of the Free State and Eastern Cape tomorrow as a result of the weather system sweeping over the Western Cape today.

Gale force winds expected along the country's east  coast tomorrow.

The sea is alive.

Black frost expected in Bloemfontein tomorrow.

What is black frost?

Frost which doesn't have a white surface.

ALERT: Hail expected in Cape Town later today.

Updates from SA Weather's national office in Pretoria:

Light dusting of snow reported in Sunderland.

The situation in Kalk Bay.

As the sun appears over parts of Cape Town, people have started rebuilding their homes.

As the sun appears over parts of Cape Town some people have started rebuilding their homes.

[VIDEO] Waves crashing into the Sea Point pools.

Emergency services have appealed to people to careful on the roads.

Trees, trees and more trees!

It's snowing in Newlands! So there is rain, strong winds and snow!

[WATCH] Harsh winds drove concrete fencing from the side of the N2 into a house.

More flooding, this time in Khayelitsha

Be careful on the roads, roads are flooded in Greenfields Lwandle.

Mfuleni Residents using blankets to protect themselves from the cold.

Those stranded at the Cape Town International Airport get a life line:

[PICTURE] More foam waves...

Have you ever seen foam waves? Do you know what foam waves are?

Stats of the rain that the Western Cape needs so badly:

[WEATHER UPDATE] Strong low pressure to the south-west of the country persists.

[WARNING STRONG LANGUAGE] Watch as the roof at Cavendish Square was blown off by the strong winds.

MUST WATCH: Waves at the Waterfront nearly sweep away an EWN reporter's phone!

Rough weather on the beach of De Koog this morning.

You can't even see the beach on the Atlantic Seaboard, the wind speed picking up considerably.

The storm is building over Dwars River Valley 

The movement of weather systems over South Africa at around 9:21 this morning.

The weather service explains a map showing the Western Cape.

The results of gale force winds below:

Roofs have been blown off houses in several areas and the strong winds has uprooted trees and blown over billboards:


Winds are currently travelling at 60km/h

Look at those waves!

The roads are still submerged in water...

Calm before the storm?

That much needed rain is making a difference already:

The homeless are not forgotten because the City of Cape Town has made accommodation provisions for them.

The storm will hopefully bring much needed relief for drought-stricken Western Cape, however, some people have different ideas on what the storm should bring, or rather wash away...

[WATCH] Some damage caused by the storm near Grassy Park

A view from Signal Hill as storm clouds gather...

The storm is also affecting the ocean, waves can be seen from buildings in the Cape Town CBD.

[WATCH] Strong winds in the Cape Town CBD. 

[WEATHER UPDATE] The southern parts of the country will feel the impact of
the storm and Gauteng will not be spared with temperatures dipping below zero
from tomorrow.


It is bucketing down in Cape Town and as a result road markings are not visible because. 


If you find yourself in a life threatening or emergency situation, below are contact details for the right people to call:

In terms of traffic: Sir Lowry's Pass has been cleared following rockfalls. Poor visibility on Du Toitskloof Pass.

No trucks are currently allowed to use the Hugenote Tunnel as a result of a power failure.

Most people on Twitter posting about how powerful the winds are; trees have been uprooted. 

People on social media have been sharing their experiences of the storm

At this stage the storm's main impact is expected to be felt from 11am.

Reminder: Schools and universities have been closed today. Some businesses and transport hubs have also been affected

What do we know so far?