Paarl. 30.11.12. Menacing south-easter. A truck overturned on the bridge before the Huguenot tunnel as a result of high cross winds topping speeds of up to a 45 km per hour. Picture Ian Landsberg
Paarl. 30.11.12. Menacing south-easter. A truck overturned on the bridge before the Huguenot tunnel as a result of high cross winds topping speeds of up to a 45 km per hour. Picture Ian Landsberg
Cape Town - 121130 - A Roof ripped off a house in Oldfield road in Sea Point damaging seven cars, a vespa, power lines, a lamp post and facades of buildings -  Gale force winds and strong wind gusts causes chaos and damage to a number of properties in and around Cape Town through the night. -  Photo: Matthew Jordaan
Cape Town - 121130 - A Roof ripped off a house in Oldfield road in Sea Point damaging seven cars, a vespa, power lines, a lamp post and facades of buildings - Gale force winds and strong wind gusts causes chaos and damage to a number of properties in and around Cape Town through the night. - Photo: Matthew Jordaan
Cape Town - 121130 - A Roof ripped off a house in Oldfield road in Sea Point damaging seven cars, a vespa, power lines, a lamp post and facades of buildings -  Gale force winds and strong wind gusts causes chaos and damage to a number of properties in and around Cape Town through the night. -  Photo: Matthew Jordaan
Cape Town - 121130 - A Roof ripped off a house in Oldfield road in Sea Point damaging seven cars, a vespa, power lines, a lamp post and facades of buildings - Gale force winds and strong wind gusts causes chaos and damage to a number of properties in and around Cape Town through the night. - Photo: Matthew Jordaan
Cape Town - 121130 - Corrugated iron sheets blew off a building in Kloof Road crashing into Rafikis as well as a number of other properties  in the area.  Gale force winds and strong wind gusts causes chaos and damage to a number of properties in and around Cape Town through the night. -  Photo: Matthew Jordaan
Cape Town - 121130 - Corrugated iron sheets blew off a building in Kloof Road crashing into Rafikis as well as a number of other properties in the area. Gale force winds and strong wind gusts causes chaos and damage to a number of properties in and around Cape Town through the night. - Photo: Matthew Jordaan
Cape Town 121130. The MSC Sinfonia is unable to leave port due to high wind speeds. Pic : Jason Boud
Cape Town 121130. The MSC Sinfonia is unable to leave port due to high wind speeds. Pic : Jason Boud
121130. Cape Town. Wind Damage - Royal Road - Maitland. Picture Abdea Appoles
121130. Cape Town. Wind Damage - Royal Road - Maitland. Picture Abdea Appoles
Cape Town - 121130 - The Balcony and roof were ripped off this house in Bo Kaap -  Gale force winds and strong wind gusts causes chaos and damage to a number of properties in and around Cape Town through the night. -  Photo: Matthew Jordaan
Cape Town - 121130 - The Balcony and roof were ripped off this house in Bo Kaap - Gale force winds and strong wind gusts causes chaos and damage to a number of properties in and around Cape Town through the night. - Photo: Matthew Jordaan
Cape Town - 121130 - A Roof ripped off a house in Oldfield road in Sea Point damaging seven cars, a vespa, power lines, a lamp post and facades of buildings -  Gale force winds and strong wind gusts causes chaos and damage to a number of properties in and around Cape Town through the night. -  Photo: Matthew Jordaan
Cape Town - 121130 - A Roof ripped off a house in Oldfield road in Sea Point damaging seven cars, a vespa, power lines, a lamp post and facades of buildings - Gale force winds and strong wind gusts causes chaos and damage to a number of properties in and around Cape Town through the night. - Photo: Matthew Jordaan

Roofs were blown off, trees were uprooted, and cars and other property were battered as gale-force winds hit the Western Cape from Thursday night.

There was plenty of damage around the city centre, with the roofs of houses and businesses blown off or damaged.