PHOTOS: Cape Town storm causes damage to buildings, uprooted trees


A strong storm that hit Cape Town on Friday night damaged a four-story building and several trees were plucked by strong winds.

The South African Meteorological Service has issued severe weather alerts for the Western Cape this weekend. Cold, snow, strong winds and heavy rain were predicted.

On Saturday morning, Cape Town transit services, Richard Coleman, told News24 that a commercial building in Bellville had structural damage and appeared to be unstable. The city's construction inspector was activated, but no evacuations were necessary.

He added that several trees were plucked but there were no road closures in Cape Town.

Meanwhile, the R321 between Grabouw and Villiersdorp was closed after the road was covered with sand and a fallen tree blown over the high winds, said Kenny Africa, Western Cape Traffic Chief.

Earlier on Saturday News24 reported a number of tips for members of the public to take note during the storms.

A tree was ripped from the R321 between Grabouw

A tree was ripped from the R321 between Grabouw and Villiersdorp. (Provided)

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A tree fell on this van during the storms in the Cape Town area on Friday night. (Arthur Dennis, Facebook)

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