#CapeStorm: Emergency shelters ready for displaced residents

Cape Town's Disaster Risk Management Centre says several teams have already been dispatched to provide humanitarian relief to areas affected by Wednesday's storm.

While the storm is expected to intensify through the morning, gale force winds and heavy rains hit the city overnight, uprooting trees and damaging homes.

Eyewitness News Reporter Lauren Isaacs is near Claremont. She says motorists have been swerving to dodge fallen trees.

Western Cape traffic officials are expected to monitor all major routes on Wednesday.

The City says it has activated emergency shelters in informal settlements, including Masiphumelele, Imizamoyethu after a set of structures were destroyed.

Read also: HOME STRUCK BY LIGHTNING, SHACKS BLOWN AWAY IN #CAPESTORM

Charlotte Powell, Head of Public Awareness and Preparedness at the centre says there have been reports of flooding.

Our teams have been out, and we have activated our NGO partners and they will provide humanitarian relief and emergency shelter has been activated for these communities.

Charlotte Powell, Head of Public Awareness and Preparedness at the Disaster Risk Management Centre

We are not out of the woods yet.

Charlotte Powell, Head of Public Awareness and Preparedness at the Disaster Risk Management Centre

As school's and university's remain closed, some businesses have allowed employees to remain at home - especially since public transport is affected.

We do not know how many businesses will be doing this, but it appears those that will be affected by the inclement weather have allowed that.

Janine Myburgh, President of the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

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