Schools In Western Cape Closed Ahead of Storm

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BREAKING: Western Cape Premier Alan Winde has announced that schools will be closed tomorrow - but only in the areas that are most at risk of flooding and storm damage from the first major winter storm to hit the province this year.


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Schools Closed

The onset of winter in the Western Cape has seen the first storm warning of the year. A level 6 warning was soon upgraded to a level 9 warning with strong winds and heavy rain expected.

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde has announced that public/government schools will be closed on Monday 8th April 2024 in the areas that are most at risk from the oncoming storm. This is the first time this years schools have closed because of bad weather.

These areas are Overberg, Cape Winelands and Helderberg (Somerset). At the moment other schools in the City of Cape Town are not included.

Winde added that discussions are currently underway with private schools to confirm whether they will open on Monday.

Storm Damage - Somerset Mall

Reports of storm damage are already starting to come in as the first high winds of the cut-off low make landfall. The roof of Somerset Mall was severely damaged as sheets blew off in the wind.

High winds also fanned flames at a fire in Glencairn near Fish Hoek where a number of houses were destroyed. Another fire damaged many homes at Kayamandi in Stellenbosch and the Blaauwklippen homestead.

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