- Waves crashed over streets.
- Vehicles and buildings were damaged.
- The high surf was generated by a strong storm in the Southern Ocean.
Waves more than 30 feet high crashed into parts of the South Africa coast over the weekend, sweeping cars across parking lots and knocking windows out of buildings.
At least two deaths and several injuries were being connected to the heavy surf generated by a storm in the Southern Ocean.
Storms that affect the South Africa Coast lie in an area called the “Roaring Forties,” named so because it sits in the belt of latitudes between 40 and 50 degrees south, weather.com senior meteorologist Jonathan Erdman said.
Winds and strong storms aren’t unusual in the region, and one was present over the weekend.
“That storm generated huge swells that pushed toward the S. African coast, breaking into damaging waves,” Erdman said.
This also happened during a time of high tides, which likely made the damage worse. Roads and parking lots were covered with sand and water and businesses along the coast were damaged.
Big surf isn’t unusual in places like Kalk Bay, which sits on the waterfront about 14 miles south of Cape Town.
“But this was just one after the other after the other. And as the waves were coming, there goes another window and there goes another window,” Vanessa Harris, who owns a theater in the area, told AFPTV.
“It was just a flooding nightmare.”
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