Cape weather causes havoc

Bad weather and winter storms in Cape Town have displaced more than 2,000 people, according to the city's disaster risk management centre.

"Thunderstorms were present across the Cape Peninsula last night [Saturday], resulting in gusting winds causing widespread damage and destruction," spokesman Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said on Sunday.

He said 547 shacks were damaged and 2,266 people were displaced by storms and flooding in Bishop Lavis, Hout Bay and parts of Gugulethu, Strand and Khayelitsha.

At some places, winds measuring up to 90 kilometres per hour blew the roofs off houses.

Several roads, including Chapman's Peak Drive, have been closed.

Snow and freezing temperatures have also been reported in the Northern and Eastern Cape, and more bad weather is on its way according to the South African Weather Service, which has several weather warnings in place.

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