Rare LEVEL 8 alert issued for Thursday

The SA Weather Service (SAWS) has amended its climate warnings for Cape Town on Thursday, and so they’re now advising of a ‘severe threat’ posed by damaging winds. A lesser-seen Level 8 alert has been issued, and shall be in place for all coastal areas between the Mother City and Plettenberg Bay till Friday.

What is a Level 8 climate warning?

This alert basically signifies that there’s an actual likelihood of ‘severe damage’ to property or infrastructure on account of wild climate. Some forecasts have said that winds will attain over 100km/h throughout the subsequent 24 hours.

Earlier this week, SAWS issued a Level 4 climate warning for Cape Town – however that’s now been cranked up considerably. According to the company’s newest recommendation, journey delays and harbour closures are more likely to disrupt the town.

“For coastal towns, widespread damage to settlements informal and formal, structural damage, and widespread damage to temporary structures may be expected. Widespread and prolonged disruption to power, communication, utilities, and services is also possible. Extended travels delay may also be expected.”

“At sea, widespread danger to navigation for small and medium vessels and at-risk capsizing at sea may be expected. Closure of port and small harbours as well as medium to large vessels. Be aware of sudden crosswinds if traveling especially between buildings, fallen trees or power lines, and flying debris.”

SAWS climate warning

(*8*)Cape Town climate forecast for Thursday 25 November

Overberg, Cape Agulhas, Hessequa, Mossel Bay, Knysna, George, and Riversdale have all been slapped with a Level 8 climate warning toobut the most extreme alerts can be found along the West Coast.

Saldanha Bay, Cederberg, and Matzikama have all been positioned at LEVEL 10 – because of the menace of runaway veld fires attributable to these treacherous gales. This means extreme injury within the area is probably going, and emergency groups are already on standby to assist quell any harmful blazes. The ‘loss of human life’ has additionally been factored in.

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