A warning was issued for winds of up to 65km/h expected in parts of SA on Monday.
WARNING THESE CONDITIONS WILL CONTRIBUTE TO ROUGH SEAS
According to the South African Weather Service (SAWS), near gale force south-easterly winds (55-65km/h) are expected between Gansbaai and Alexander Bay from Monday afternoon to Tuesday morning.
“It will contribute to rough and choppy sea conditions, especially in False Bay, contributing to difficult driving conditions.”
The SAWS issued a level 2 warning for these conditions.
A LEVEL 2 WARNING WAS ISSUED
It furthermore warned of difficulty in navigation at sea as well as small vessels and personal watercrafts (e.g. kayaks) at risk of taking on water and capsizing in locality is expected.
“There is also a possibility of the build-up of sand on coastal routes in False Bay, especially the R310 (Baden Powell Drive).
“Be aware of large, unpredictable waves along the coast. Small vessels are advised to seek shelter in harbours, bays, or inlets. Motorists should take extra caution when driving along coastal routes, especially in False Bay, since the build-up of sand is possible.”SAWS
THESE AREAS WILL BE AFFECTED
These areas will be affected:
- Port Nolloth
- M_Nama Khoi
- Hondeklip Bay
- Lamberts Bay
- Cape Columbine
- Dassen Island
- M_Saldanha Bay
- Saldanha Bay
- M_City of Cape town
- Cape Point
- M_Table Bay
- Table Bay
TAKE CARE ITO DRIVE IN THESE CONDITIONS
Here are some tips for driving in high winds:
- You need to drive with a defensive attitude, starting with wearing your seatbelt and ensuring passengers are buckled up as well.
- Keep all your attention on the road and other road users.
- Avoid all driver distractions and leave the phone alone.
- Reduce any possible distractions by turning the radio down.
- Attentiveness to trees, hedges and overhead cables may offer guidance to the wind’s direction and strength.
- By looking further up the road you may also be able to anticipate dangerous areas and the impact that the strong winds have on other road users.
- Keep an eye on what is happening to other vehicles and whether they are safely kept inside their lanes.
- Anticipate! You may be buffeted by the wind or the slipstreams of other vehicles as well as gusts when overtaking high-sided vehicles.