Home struck by lightning, shacks blown away in #CapeStorm

Homes in Lavender Hill, Bergvliet, Strand, Delft, Mfuleni and Kalkfontein have been damaged.

Flooded roads in Samora Machel near Mitchells Plain. Picture: Xolani Koyana/EWN

CAPE TOWN – Homes in Lavender Hill, Bergvliet, Strand, Delft, Mfuleni and Kalkfontein have been damaged by the storm lashing Cape Town.

Lightning struck a Fish Hoek house in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Berg Road resident Alan Dickinson says his family has been left rattled.

Dickinson explains what happened: “A bolt of lightning smashed our house. Before the crack in the sky, the house felt like it had been punched. It was followed by this incredible crack and all the light went off.”

At the same time, shacks in Imizamo Yethu and Macassar Village have been blown away.

Disaster risk management’s Charlotte Powell says officials are working flat out.

“Emergency shelter has been activated in Imizamo Yethu, Hout Bay, and Maitland. The centre will be monitoring high risk areas and vulnerable communities to coordinate emergency response.”

On the roads, the situation is no better.

Heavy duty vehicles have been barred from using the Huguenot Tunnel.

Chapman's Peak drive is also closed, while the N2 has been shut down in two areas hundreds of kilometres apart.
The freeway's been flooded near Plettenberg Bay. In the Grabouw area, an uprooted tree has led to the highway being closed.

Driving down the M5 in Cape Town, motorists can be seen swerving to dodge branches, small trees and debris on the roadway, while trying to maintain control of their cars in strong winds.

Road markings have disappeared under a layer of water.

In Plumstead, a tree landed in a block of flats. No injuries were reported.

There seems to be less traffic in the area than usual, as schools and universities have closed their doors for the day.
Some employers have also allowed their staff to stay at home.

Some universities have also been closed due to the weather.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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