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Freak Storm Hits South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA - June 26: Violent storms which lashed the province Monday night have left more than 500 people homeless in the city of Cape Town and carpeted the mountain ranges with snow. Gugulethu and Lwandle near Strand were hit hardest, with heavy flooding. Wind and flood damage displaced 500 people in the Lotus informal settlement in Gugulethu and 20 in Lwandle. Flooding also drove out 14 residents of Du Noon. The severe weather conditions stem from a cold front which swept in off the Atlantic. The cold front wreaked havoc across greater Cape Town with heavy rainfall and blustery conditions causing flooding, power cuts and extensive damage. (VIDEO)

Cold Front Brings Snow
In Sutherland, Allistar Gibbons, of the Karoo Hoogland tourism office, reported this morning: "It's snowing as we speak!"The mountains are totally covered in snow. And the pass you use to get to us, Verlatenkloof Pass on the R354 from Matjiesfontein, is completely blocked. The police have just informed us that it's unsafe for vehicles because of the heavy snow."The temperature dropped to just above freezing on Monday night and the Cape Town Weather Office predicted a maximum of just 4?C for Sutherland on Tuesday.


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