Flooding in parts of Cape Town as cold front hits the Mother City

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Roads were flooded in Philippi and other parts of Cape Town on Thursday morning after heavy rains.

CAPE TOWN - There has been localised flooding in Cape Town after a cold front hit the Mother City on Thursday morning.

Disaster risk management spokesperson Charlotte Powell said flooding had been reported in several informal settlements, including in Khayelitsha and Masicindane informal settlement in Strandfontein.

She said they had had reports of roofs blowing off houses in the seaside town of Strand, outside Cape Town. Several roads have also been flooded.

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"Disaster Risk Management staff are busy with assessments and roadways are being cleared by the Roads and Stormwater Department".

The South African Weather Service issued a severe storm warning on Wednesday and predicted galeforce winds of up to 70 kilometres an hour.

Earlier on Thursday, a hoax message warning of a "hurricane type storm" did the rounds on social media.

Powell urged panicked residents not to pass it on, as the disaster management call centre was being inundated with calls from concerned residents.