Thunderstorm Hits New Delhi, NCR Region; IMD Issues Alert Warning For States

Faith Castro
May 9, 2018

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Monday issued an alert forecasting that several parts of northern and eastern India, including Delhi, could witness thunderstorm and squall on Tuesday with winds gusting up to 50-70 kilometres per hour. In the wake of the storm, all evening schools will also remain shut tomorrow in Delhi while Haryana had already announced school holidays for the first two days of the week. Trees were uprooted in parts of Delhi.

The Delhi Traffic Police's has advised people not to panic and avoid travelling when the storm hits the place.

Authorities have been asking residents to take precautions and stay indoors unless absolutely necessary to step out.

The shift is coupled with a cyclonic circulation over Haryana and the neighbouring states of Punjab and Uttarakhand which will also move eastwards towards west Uttar Pradesh and become less marked thereafter.

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"The activity (on Tuesday) has remained restricted to the hill states, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand", KJ Ramesh, director general of IMD, said. "The district and sub-district search and rescue teams have been put on standby", a senior official of the department said.

Keep yourself updated about weather conditions and plan your journey accordingly.

Thunderstorm accompanied with squall (wind speed reaching 50-70 kmph) are very likely to hit at isolated places over Gangetic West Bengal. Mr Mohapatra said, the weather condition will improve in north-west India from tomorrow onwards. Our correspondent reports, a separate alert has been issued for Saharanpur and Baharaich districts. There is also a trough of low pressure between Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. Places adjoining Delhi, such as Gurugram, Noida, Rohtak, Bhiwani, Jhajjar, Gurugram, Bagpat, Meerut and Ghaziabad also experienced the dust storm, ANI reported.

Meanwhile, the Meteorological Department has issued a possibility of storms coming in large parts of north India, including Delhi-NCR, Haryana, Rajasthan, Chandigarh, and Jammu and Kashmir for Wednesday.

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