The City of Cape Town’s Disaster Risk Management says a message doing the rounds on social media about a hurricane-type storm hitting the city is a hoax.

The South African Weather Office has forecast wind speeds of up to 70 kilometres per hour. Hurricanes usually reach wind speeds of 120 kilometres per hour and occur mostly in the western Atlantic and Caribbean.

The weather office has issued a severe weather warning for the next two days, with heavy downpours, rough seas and gale force winds. Disaster Management spokesperson, Charlotte Powell says they have been receiving many calls about the situation.


“The Disaster Management Centre has been inundated with calls regarding a hoax message doing the rounds on social media. The hoax message refers to hurricane winds and quotes the city’s disaster operation number. We appeal to the public to disregard this message and refrain from calling the disaster operations centre,” Powell says.