Flooding and high winds warning in the Western Cape

by CapeNature

Monday, 20 May, Bad Weather Advisory

Please be aware of the advisory from the Cape Town Weather Office that heavy rain and flooding is expected in places over the Cederberg, Hexriverberg and Boland mountainous areas, as well as the Overberg and Cape Metropole in the Western Cape on Monday.

If you’re out and about in any of these areas please be careful. If you happen out in nature at any CapeNature reserves be aware of strong winds that may result in flying debris and damage to trees and buildings. If possible, try to stay indoors where possible away from the windows that open towards the severe winds.

Flash flooding may occur when water overflows its normal channels such as streams and rivers. Heavy rain may also result in river flooding causing damage downstream to areas that may receive no rainfall at all during the flooding event. Stay off the roads in affected areas, avoid crossing rivers and swollen streams where water is above your ankles. If trapped in flooding in a vehicle, abandon it and climb to higher ground.

NEVER drive on a road covered by water. You do not know how deep it is or if the road has been washed away. If the vehicle stalls, leave it immediately and seek higher ground. Be especially cautious at night when it’s harder to recognize flood dangers.

See the latest storm tracker advisory from the South African Weather Service at http://www.weathersa.co.za/home/radarst – click on the map to zoom in.

Stay dry and stay safe. Listen to the radio or TV for warnings and obey the instructions from disaster management and reserve officials.

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