Alerts ring across Twitter as Cape Town’s Wednesday storm bears closer

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Weather is usually a subject of awkward small talk, but in Cape Town in 2017 it’s all everyone is talking about.

While the city’s dam levels have dropped to just over 19% this week, today also sees what could be one of the city’s most vicious storms in 30 years.

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A number of warnings have been issued this week by a slew of official sources, from the South African Weather Service (SAWS) to the Western Cape local government. And they’re all saying the same thing: expect this cold front to be fierce.

Cape Town: expect around ‘100 000 Olympic sized swimming pools’ to fall within the next few days

How fierce? The South African National Defence Force is reportedly also on standby.

SAWS expects gales of up to 90km/h to hit the Cape Town metropolitan area, while around “100 000 Olympic sized swimming pools” could fall in the city in the next two days, according to international meteorologist Derek Van Dam.

Twitter at large is also expecting the worst.

Expect more comments about the weather this week on social media.

If you’re set to brave the storm tomorrow, or simply wish to keep tabs on Cape Town’s weather from a safe distance, follow this list of weather alert-tweeting accounts right here.

According to Wunderground, the rain is set to begin around 6pm SAST, and last until midday Thursday.

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