Heavy rains are expected to move from the Cape Peninsula to the south-western Cape for the rest of the weekend. The SA Weather Service says areas like George, Riversdale and Oudtshoorn will be most affected.
Western Cape disaster management spokesperson Charlotte Powell says systems are in place to ensure people are protected from floods.
Officials in Cape Town say it’s too soon to estimate the costs of flood damage across the Peninsula. Flash floods after overnight rain have caused major disruptions, including road closures and the evacuation of many people in Somerset West and Strand.
Meanwhile, high rainfall figures for most parts of the Eastern Cape have been reported to the weather office in Port Elizabeth. Port Edward and Cradock had more than 50 millimetres.
People should brace themselves for heavy rain accompanied by thunderstorms
Towns like Fort Beaufort, Coffee Bay, Fort Beaufort, Mthatha and Somerset East had more than 30 millimetre of rain.
More than 20 millimetres were measured at Aliwal North, Elliot, Graaff Reinet and Bhisho. Light rain of less than five millimetres fell in Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage. More rain is expected and will start clearing on Sunday.
Also in KwaZulu-Natal more rainfall is still expected in many parts throughout the weekend. Weather forecaster Wisani Maluleke says people should brace themselves for heavy rain accompanied by thunderstorms.
“We are still expecting about 60% of rainfall for Saturday afternoon in most parts of the province. The chances of rain on Sunday are expected to decrease where we only expecting 30 % of showers and thunderstorms. But on Monday no rain is expected.”