UPDATE: Dramatic pics show Supermoon tides causing Brass Bell wipe-out

2015-09-30 10:37 - Louzel Lombard
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Cape Town - The supermoon might be over, but the effects of this rare celestial event are still being mopped up in the Cape's harbour towns of Kalk Bay and Fish Hoek.

It not only caused massive waves to shatter windows of certain shoreline restaurants, but also resulted in serious flooding as is the case with the popular Brass Bell.

According to Fish Hoek resident and photographer Robyn Gwilt, the popular Brass Bell restaurant "just opened their windows and let the sea sweep through, as it was going to anyway".

On Monday, 28 September, a few hours after the rare supermoon sighting, which was visible from South Africa, monstrous waves crashed through the bay windows of Harbour House and Live Bait restaurants in Kalk Bay at around 04:00 on Monday morning. 

SEE PICS: Supermoon waves crash through Kalk Bay restaurants

On Tuesday, more massive waves hit Kalk Bay and Fish Hoek. 




These photographs, taken by Gwilt, show how the waves crashed right over the wall meant to separate the Brass Bell from the ocean. 

You can view all the photographs here: More Supermoon waves crash through Kalk Bay restaurant



Gwilt posted them her Facebook page, RobynG Photography, saying, "Today [Tuesday, 29 September] the Brass Bell and Harbour House in Kalk Bay took a pounding! And you can blame it all on the (red) moon!

"Harbour House staff were trying to sweep and bail water to protect expensive equipment on the level that was flooding, but the Brass Bell just opened their windows and let the sea sweep through...

"Even Kalk Bay Harbour's water level was the highest I've ever seen, lapping the quay-side and washing up to the car park! I thought the boats were going to park themselves in Kalky's!"

 


There was even a brave surfer who dared to take on the monstrous waves! 

You can view all the photographs here: More Supermoon waves crash through Kalk Bay restaurant



Both Harbour House and Brass Bell are open for business following the flooding. Brass Bell told Traveller24 they are, however, only serving guests in the upstairs part of the restaurant. 


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