“One hell of a storm” — that’s the unofficial designation South African Weather Service forecasters have given the system moving into Cape Town on Wednesday. Gale-force winds of about 90km/h‚ 12m to 15m swells and 80mm of rain are expected to batter the region within a 24-hour window‚ leaving city officials and forecasters on high alert. “Residents should make real preparations for the storm and not take it lightly‚” SAWS communications manager Hannelee Doubell said. “They should be prepared to stay inside their homes. Outside they should tie down belongings because we are expecting abnormally strong winds.” The City of Cape Town is ready to evacuate people in high-risk areas in preparation for the storm. Charlotte Powell‚ spokesman for the Disaster Management Centre‚ said the centre was on stand-by should the cold front become “dangerous”. “Our NGO partners are ready for humanitarian relief and we have plans to evacuate people in high-risk areas to emergency shelters such as commun...

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