Drought ends as worst storm in 30 years slams Cape Town, South Africa

Written by on June 13, 2017 in Africa, Rest of World, Summer 2017 with 0 Comments

Rain was welcome but not the storm which killed 9 people and destroyed hundreds of shacks. While it’s winter in the southern hemisphere, South Africa and particularly the Cape can expect storm systems but the one which struck mid last week was exceptional. Said to be the worst in 30 years with 2 inches of rain helping take the region out of a 2-year drought but winds gusting 100kph coinciding with a full moon high tide meant a real wave battering along the coast.

The gale-force winds didn’t cause the damage but more so the waves they generated, said to have piled up to 12 metres (39ft) offshore.

epa06014615 Windsurfer Jake Kolnik sails during a storm in Cape Town, South Africa 07 June 2017. A powerful storm with gale force winds, heavy rain and seas in excess of 10 meters lashed the peninsula causing damage to property and vegetation. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Waves break over a sea wall at Cape Town harbour on June 7, 2017, as an intense storm hits South Africa’s west coast.
The ferocious storm killed eight people as it pummelled South Africa’s west coast on Wednesday, forcing the closure of Cape Town harbour, triggering flash floods and causing extensive damage, authorities said. The weather system which struck on June 6 has damaged buildings, felled trees, left 46,000 homes without electricity and caused travel chaos as flights and rail services were hit by gale-force winds and flooding. / AFP PHOTO / RODGER BOSCH

epa06015348 Waves crash over the Seapoint promenade during a storm in Cape Town, South Africa 07 June 2017. A powerful storm with gale force winds, heavy rain and seas in excess of 10 meters lashed the peninsula causing damage to property and vegetation in what is being reported the biggest storm in Cape Town in 30 years. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

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