Western Cape Disaster Management says they will activate the disaster management center from Tuesday night ahead of a cold front expected to move in parts of the province until Thursday this week.
The weather service has issued a warning of heavy rain and gale force winds with possible flooding. Rough sea conditions are also expected along the western coastline.
The local government's James-Brent Styan has warned that this is possibly the worst storm expected to hit the province in nearly 30 years.
We want people to be very serious about what is coming over the next few days, if possible stay at home. Take care outside, it is going to be very cold and the wind is going to be very strong— James-Brent Styan, Spokesperson at Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning
We are expecting flooding in areas, we are expecting farms to be cut off.— James-Brent Styan, Spokesperson at Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning
We have activated the disaster management centre, that will be activated from 10 o'clock tonight. We have contacted the South Africa Airforce, they are on standby in the event of an emergency across the province. The other emergency rescue units and departments are all on high alert.— James-Brent Styan, Spokesperson at Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning
He says informal settlements have been identified as high risk areas and will be prioritised.
There will definitely be people looking out for those areas, they are a top priority on our list. The emergency number which is toll free, 112 can be called in the event of any flooding emergency. The three areas at most risk are the Overberg region, the West Coast and of course the Peninsula.— James-Brent Styan, Spokesperson at Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning
Meanwhile the Western Cape Education Department says there will be a meeting to confirm whether or not school children in the affected areas, will be forced to stay home on Wednesday.
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This article first appeared on 702 : WC Disaster Management readies itself to tackle worst storm in 30 years