Heavy rain and high winds wreaked havoc in and around Cape Town, causing a tragedy when an eight-year-old girl fell into a canal and she and the man who tried to save her went missing.
The search for them began Thursday afternoon in Belgravia Estate, Athlone, and resumed on Friday.
The next cold front with accompanying heavy rain is already underway and could cause further flooding in the Western Cape until Sunday.
The informal settlements and suburbs in Cape Town have been hit hard.
Cape Town disaster management spokeswoman Charlotte Powell says roads in Camps Bay had to be closed after uprooted trees fell. Several roads also flooded.
Power outages due to inclement weather occurred in numerous areas across the peninsula and the residents of Mitchell’s Plain, Claremont, Philippi, Lotus River and Retreat’s power were down on Friday.
Anton Bredell, Western Cape MEC for local government, environment and development planning, says Thursday night more than 100 mm of rain was measured in parts of Cape Town.
Roads across the province were flooded and trees were blown over and debris had to be cleared. Damage has also been reported in the Karoo, Garden Route and Cape Winelands.
Eskom and the weather service warn
“There are two warnings that people should take note of. The first is that Eskom again warns against load shedding and then the next storm is expected by Sunday afternoon, ”says Bredell.
He reminded people who want to report emergencies to dial 112 of their phones.
Cape Town metro disaster management spokeswoman Chantel Alexander says places in Khayelitsha, Philippi, Wallacedene, Mfuleni and Delft have been wasted.
Eskom said in a statement on Friday morning that there are currently five units to be removed from the network. It includes two units at the Arnot power station, and one each at the Kendal, Tutuka and Majuba power stations.
Early Friday morning, a unit at its Matimba power station also broke ground. This means Eskom has lost 3 000 MW of generating capacity.
Eskom has warned that this situation is likely to last all weekend.
The South African Weather Service warned on Friday that a strong wind – from between 70km / h to 100km / h – right around the coast between Lamberts Bay and Plettenberg Bay is expected.
Heavy snow is expected between Friday night and Saturday morning over the western and southern highlands of the Northern Cape as well as the highlands of the Cape Winelands.
The weather service has also warned that a severe cold front will hit the Western and Northern Cape late Sunday and through the night until Monday morning.
People are again warned against high winds, floods, freezing cold and turbulent sea conditions.
Some of the rainfall in the 24-hour period until Friday at 08:00 is: Kirstenbosch 125 mm, Jonkershoek 91 mm, Paarl 67 mm, Wellington 55 mm, Molteno reservoir in Oranjezicht 51 mm, Atlantis 47 mm, Cape Town 41 mm, Malmesbury 39 mm, Robben Island 39 mm, Porterville 24 mm and Riversdale 20 mm.