The SA Weather Service (SAWS) has amended its weather warnings for Cape Town on Thursday, and they’re now advising of a ‘severe threat’ posed by damaging winds. A lesser-seen Level 8 alert has been issued, and will be in place for all coastal regions between the Mother City and Plettenberg Bay until Friday.
What is a Level 8 weather warning?
This alert essentially means that there’s a real chance of ‘severe damage’ to property or infrastructure as a result of wild weather. Some forecasts have stated that winds will reach over 100km/h within the next 24 hours.
Earlier this week, SAWS issued a Level 4 weather warning for Cape Town – but that’s now been cranked up significantly. According to the agency’s latest advice, travel delays and harbour closures are likely to disrupt the city.
“For coastal towns, widespread damage to settlements informal and formal, structural damage, and widespread damage to temporary structures may be expected. Widespread and prolonged disruption to power, communication, utilities, and services is also possible. Extended travels delay may also be expected.”
“At sea, widespread danger to navigation for small and medium vessels and at-risk capsizing at sea may be expected. Closure of port and small harbours as well as medium to large vessels. Be aware of sudden crosswinds if traveling especially between buildings, fallen trees or power lines, and flying debris.”
SAWS weather warning
Cape Town weather forecast for Thursday 25 November
Overberg, Cape Agulhas, Hessequa, Mossel Bay, Knysna, George, and Riversdale have all been slapped with a Level 8 weather warning too – but the most extreme alerts can be found along the West Coast.
Saldanha Bay, Cederberg, and Matzikama have all been placed at LEVEL 10 – due to the threat of runaway veld fires caused by these treacherous gales. This means severe damage in the region is likely, and emergency teams are already on standby to help quell any dangerous blazes. The ‘loss of human life’ has also been factored in.