A car is washed over by a huge wave that slammed into the promenade during heavy storms in the Sea Point neighborhood of Cape Town, South Africa, on Wednesday, June 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Halden Krog)

(Bloomberg) – A massive storm lashed Cape Town, South Africa’s second-largest city, and parts of the surrounding Western Cape province on Wednesday, claiming eight lives, downing power lines and forcing schools and some roads to close.

Four people died in a fire caused by a lightning strike in the northern Cape Town suburb of Kraaifontein, while another was killed in the Lavender Hill area when a building collapsed, said James-Brent Styan, a spokesman for the provincial ministry for local government, environmental affairs and development planning. Three people died due to fires related to the storm in Rheenendal, outside Knysna, east of Cape Town, he said by phone. The storm is expected to abate by Thursday afternoon, he said.

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