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102km/h winds close Table Mountain cableway on International Cableway Day

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‘We are closed: adverse weather conditions. Temperature at the top is mild, wind strength is gale force, visibility poor.’

Cape Town – Capetonians and visitors to the Mother City won’t be able to celebrate International Cableway Day in the requisite manner – gale-force winds have led to it being closed on Friday morning.

“We are closed: adverse weather conditions. Temperature at the top is mild, wind strength is gale force, visibility poor,” the Table Mountain Cableway posted on Twitter.

An iWeather update on the Table Mountain area at 9.33am stated: “In the last few minutes the wind was south-westerly (SW) at an average speed of 26km/h, reaching up to 102km/h and a low of 13km/h. 

“The gust strength is 89.37km/h above the minimum speed.”

A strong south-easter is expected to rage until next week Friday and cableway visitors will be crossing their fingers that they will be able to ascend Table Mountain by cable car. Otherwise they will have to resort to climbing the likes of Platteklip Gorge, among others.

On its website, the Table Mountain Cableway said: “17 January is a very important day in the Cableway’s world because it’s International Cable Car Day!

“This date is the anniversary of US inventor Andrew Smith Hallidie being granted the world’s first cable car patent in 1871.

“The Cableway has transported more than 25 million visitors from across the globe to the top of Table Mountain since 4 October 1929.”

Strong winds raged on Table Mountain on Thursday already. Video: Courtney Africa / African News Agency (ANA)

2020-01-17 07:35:43: We are closed: adverse weather conditions. Temperature at the top is mild, wind strength is gale force, visibility poor#tmweather

— Table Mountain C/Way (@TableMountainCa)January 17, 2020