Eight killed as winter storm lashes South Africa's western cape

At least eight people have been killed in a storm that swept into the Cape Town area of South Africa.

He added that many people had been injured by flying debris.

Radio station Magic reported on Twitter: "This storm has affected the link between our studio and transmitter so we are not on MW 828 but we are streaming via http://www.magic828.co.za".

In May, the Western Cape province declared a drought disaster after two reservoirs were already completely dry.

By Wednesday night, Disaster Risk Management officials had made assessments in the following areas: Khayelitsha, Nyanga, Gugulethu, Macassar Village, Faure and Wesbank.

Huge waves slam into the promenade during heavy storms in the Sea Point neighborhood of Cape Town, South Africa, on Wednesday, June 7, 2017. On Wednesday, authorities urged residents to capture rain from the storm in containers for flushing toilets and other needs.

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There will also be a possible high wind speeds between 70km/h to 90km/h, with rainfall of up to 50mm within 24 hours in certain areas.

The SA Weather Service's Julius Mahlangu says at the most, KZN can expect temperatures in the low to mid 20s and stronger than usual winds for the rest of the week.

Schools will reopen on Thursday when the storm is expected to have subsided.

Uprooted trees blocked roads across the city‚ and numerous residents tweeted their appreciation of City of Cape Town emergency teams who quickly removed the obstacles.

Local media outlet Jacaranda FM attributed the death toll of eight to James-Brent Styan, a provincial official.

In a statement on Tuesday, Western Cape education department head Brian Schreuder said the decision was taken in the best interests of pupil and teacher safety.

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