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WATCH: Violent Cape winds blow truck off road near Huguenot Tunnel

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Powerful winds in the Western Cape led to a truck being blown off the N1 as it approached the Huguenot Tunnel, just outside Paarl.

Strong winds in the Western Cape led to a truck being blown off the N1 approach to the Huguenot Tunnel on Saturday. Picture: BFW – Breede Valley farm Watch Fire and Rescue Facebook Page

TORRID winds in the Western Cape led to a truck trailer component being blown off the N1 as it approached the Huguenot Tunnel, just outside Paarl.

A video of the incident which was shared on social media showed one truck blown off its wheels, lying on the road on its side, while another truck approaching the tunnel sways with the wind and falls off the bridge.

Dramatic footage of the incident was caught on video and was shared on social media on Saturday evening.

According to the Breede Valley Farm Watch Fire and Rescue Facebook page, the Huguenot Tunnel has been closed so that rescue personnel can assess the situation and help those affected.

According to Mike Vinello-Lippert, the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) project manager for the Huguenot Tunnel, the truck driver is safe and has not been harmed.

Meanwhile, the Baden Powell Drive is the latest road to be closed off, at Coastal Park and also at Khayelitsha, due to heavy winds and sand storms.

Chapmans Peak Drive was also closed due to adverse weather conditions.

In Stellenbosch the famous Giant Strawberry off Route R44 was blown over as well.

CITY IS ON HIGH ALERT

On Saturday, the City of Cape Town said it was on high alert after the SA Weather Service issued a weather warning for heavy downpours, windy weather and cold temperatures.

The City of Cape Town said disaster management would be preparing for storm winds and heavy rains due to an expected intense low pressure weather system this weekend.

“The Western Cape can expect strong winds and torrential downpours from Saturday evening through to Tuesday,” Anton Bredell, Western Cape Minister for Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning said.

The SA Weather Service has also warned of a rare weather occurrence that is set to disrupt coastal areas along South Africa’s south-west to south-east coastline from Sunday.

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