Some Metrorail services suspended due to bad weather

Cape Town's Metrorail says some of it's services have been affected by the storm.

Heavy rains and gale force winds have gripped the city for most of the morning.

READ: #CapeStorm: Emergency shelters ready for displaced residents

ALSO READ: #CapeStorm: Emergency numbers

Weather conditions are expected to get worse between 11am and 5pm, as this is predicted to be one of the worst storms to hit the Western Cape in three decades.

Regional Manager Richard Walker says there has been some damage.

With the Transnet network from Bellvile to Wellington not available, we introduced a shuttle service for commuters between Belville and Cape Town.

Richard Walker, Metrorail regional manager

On the Strand line, the overhead was damaged by one of the first trains that went through. Our technical team is out there on that line busy starting recovery work so we can get services back by this afternoon.

Richard Walker, Metrorail regional manager

On the Southern line we still have the delays and the impact of the level crossing incident earlier this year.

Richard Walker, Metrorail regional manager

Follow @CapeTownTrains for further updates.

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Meanwhile the Managing Director of Plane Talking, Linden Burns says while commercial airline pilots are trained to fly and land in adverse weather, there is more to it.

READ: "Flights will be grounded if winds are showing out of limit" #CapeStorm

The ability to land doesn't rest just with a pilot. It is actually a function of the aircraft's ability withstand certain amounts of cross wind. And we are kind of fortunate in Cape Town in that the prevailing wind tends to be north west, south east and so the runway is aligned align that axis so although there is strong wind, it is blowing straight down the runway or marginally off the runway.

Linden Burns, Managing Director of Plane Talking

Keep revisiting the EWN #CapeStorm live blog for updates

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This article first appeared on 702 : Some Metrorail services suspended due to bad weather


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