Traffic hamstrung by gale-force winds, brutal rain in Cape Town

A storm has lashed the Cape this afternoon and the weather service expects more rain this weekend.

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CAPE TOWN - Traffic in the Cape Town CBD has been heavily affected by torrential rains.

A storm has lashed the Cape this afternoon and the weather service expects more rain this weekend.

Hundreds of commuters tried to leave the city earlier, hoping to avoid the bad weather.

The Cape Town city centre is almost gridlocked as hundreds of motorists try to get out of town.

Evidence of the inclement weather is visible with pools of water across major roads.

At the same time, the City of Cape Town is assessing several areas that have been affected by the severe weather this afternoon.

Trees have been uprooted in areas including Glencairn, Constantia, Belhar, Kloof Nek and Fish Hoek

Roofs of houses have been blown off in Philippi, Lavender Hill and Masiphumelele.

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There's been reports of roads being flooded in Kensington and Wetton.

The city's greg pillay says the weather will however improve from here and says they'll assist residents who've been affected by today's heavy rains and gale force winds.

Meanwhile at the Cape Town station, commuters scrambled to get home amid the storm and delays.