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08 June 2017, 02:07 | Audrey Hill
Worst is still to come‚ forecasters warn storm-tossed Cape Town
Heavy rains and high winds have swept the area around the South African city of Cape Town, which has been suffering a severe drought.
In May, the Western Cape province declared a drought disaster after two reservoirs were already completely dry.
In a final warning on Tuesday night before the storm hit‚ Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille said: "I urge Capetonians to remain calm and do all they can to keep safe". "Investigations [are] under way to see how [we can] capture urban storm water at a greater scale and then store it for later treatment and use".
The City also urges residents that where possible, to use suitable containers to capture rainwater, which is flawless for flushing toilets.
There will also be a possible high wind speeds between 70km/h to 90km/h, with rainfall of up to 50mm within 24 hours in certain areas.
"The South African Weather Services has advised that the current weather conditions will persist until approximately 5am to 6am tomorrow morning whereafter the showers will subside".
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".
Western Cape Disaster Management spokesman James-Brent Styan said flying debris had caused many injuries. The storm is expected to abate by Thursday afternoon, he said.
The provincial government warned the public to stay away from the beaches, with sea swells of 12 meters (39 feet) expected.
"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 100 litres per person per day, whether at home, work, school or elsewhere, remains the requirement".
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