Air, rain chaos as gales lash SA

23 Sep 1983 (Cape Times)

Spray envelopes a suburban train as a wave washes over the line near Dalebrook between St James and Kalk Bay stations. Mountainous waves, driven on by the black south-easter, pounded the False Bay coast yesterday afternoon.
Picture : Dan Bosman, Cape Times

A BLACK SOUTH-EASTER gusting up to 50 knots caused havoc along the False Bay coastline while rain fell over much of South Africa yesterday.

The gales drove massive waves onto the railway line along the coast from Muizenberg, stopping the train service between Fish Hoek and Simon's Town and flooding a restaurant, carparks and subways.

Three people were killed instantly when two vehicles collided in heavy rain near Robertson.

At Kalk Bay, mooring lines of fishing boats were snapped by the winds and one badly flooded boat was on the brink of sinking.

Walls of water

Temperatures in Cape Town dropped to 14C and 130 km/h gusts of wind were measured on the foreshore. Hundreds of onlookers at Kalk Bay watched in awe as waves smashed against the harbour wall, pushing up great walls of water with spray shooting up 30m to 40m.

the 3.30pm high tide flooded parts of the Brass Bell restaurant on Kalk Bay station. Furniture and supplies in an outside braai area, a store-room. a downstairs pub, a kitchen and a chef's bedroom of the restaurant were damaged.