CT disaster management on high alert amid severe weather conditions

Heavy rainfall, gale-force wind and rough seas are being experienced across the Cape Peninsula this afternoon.

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CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town's disaster risk unit says it's keeping a close eye on all areas as a result of severe weather conditions.

The unit says a tree has been uprooted as a result of gale-force wind in Constantia Nek.

Heavy rainfall, gale force wind and rough seas are being experienced across the Cape Peninsula this afternoon.

Trees have been uprooted, roofs have been blown off and some roads have flooded.

The disaster risk unit's Charlotte Powell says, "We will remain on high alert and we'll be prepared to deal with any major incidents."

The weather is causing major traffic congestion in and around the city and motorists have been urged to exercise extreme caution.

Provincial traffic chief Kenny Africa has also appealed for patience during the severe weather conditions.

"The storms not only in the Sir Lowry's Pass and Caledon area, the winds right up to Mossel Bay, Heidelberg and Riversdale and Swellendam are extremely strong. I've also got reports of dust storms."

Meanwhile, Metrorail says it has been inundated with calls from commuters about a rumour that the service will only operate until 6pm today due to the weather.

There are still delays as a result of recent arson and vandalism, but spokesperson Riana Scott says the service will not be suspended after 6pm.

"We want to remind people that any such communication would come from our offices. The trains will operate as usual today."