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08 June 2017, 02:06 | Violet Powell
Cold front expected to bring welcome rains to parts of Western Cape
A massive storm lashed Cape Town, South Africa's second-largest city, and parts of the surrounding Western Cape province on Wednesday, claiming eight lives, downing power lines and forcing schools and some roads to close.
He said in one incident a family of four died in a fire caused by lightning, while another person died due to a building collapse.
The storm, which has not yet reached its peak, hit parts of the Cape Peninsula on Tuesday night destroying homes and breaking trees.
The Earth website, which describes itself as a global map of wind, weather and ocean conditions, provided a great view on Wednesday morning of the gale force winds lashing the Western Cape, bringing torrential rain to the drought-stricken province (see image above, or click through to the live chart). The region has been suffering a severe drought.
SA Weather Service forecaster William Msimanga explains what people can expect. On Wednesday, authorities urged residents to capture rain from the storm in containers for flushing toilets and other needs.
Around 700 structures have been affected by flooding, according to the City of Cape Town's Disaster Management.
In a statement, provincial local government spokesperson James-Brent Styan said no reports of deaths or serious injuries had been received.
The City of Cape Town appealed to people on the Atlantic seaboard - probably the most expensive stretch of real estate on the continent - to take "special precautions to protect their properties".
"We must therefore continue to save water now and we can not afford to have our water use influenced by the weather - using less than 100l per person per day whether at home, work, school or elsewhere remains the requirement".
"The public is cautioned to stay away from Western Cape beaches throughout the day", Styan said.
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