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IMD warns of thunderstorm in several eastern, northern states; strong winds in Delhi

Hindustan Times logo Hindustan Times 08-05-2018

Strong gusts of wind hit Delhi-NCR late on Tuesday, hours after the weather department warned that heavy rains and thunderstorm were likely in the national capital.

The India Meteorological Department forecast that thunderstorm and squall with wind speed of up to 70 kmph were “very likely” in Uttarakhand and parts of eastern India on Wednesday, signalling that the freak weather phenomenon over northern India had moved eastward.

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In an advisory, the IMD said thunderstorm with gusty winds were “very likely” in parts of Himachal Pradesh, east Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand. It said a similar weather pattern was likely to be witnessed in West Bengal, and in six of the seven northeastern states except Mizoram. The IMD also said south-interior Karnataka, north-coastal Andhra Pradesh, Rayalaseema region of the state, Tamilnadu and Kerala will also witness thunderstorm with gusty winds.

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At least 124 people were killed and more than 300 others injured in five states due to dust storms, thunderstorms and lightning last week.

The National Disaster Management Authority, too, said thunderstorm and squall were likely to hit 12 states on Wednesday. It added the National Capital Region, and Hisar, Kaithal, Jind, Kurukshetra, Karnal in Haryana were likely to be again hit by the unusual weather.

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K Sathi Devi, head of IMD’s National Weather Forecasting Centre, said the severe weather phenomenon over northwest India was likely to subside as the influence of two western disturbances --- which led to the erratic weather --- was weakening.

A fresh western disturbance is very likely to affect western Himalayan region from May 13. An easterly wave with an embedded lower level cyclonic circulation was very likely to affect states in the southern peninsula during the next week.

“Under the influence of the above two systems, widespread thunderstorm activity very likely simultaneously over northwest, central, east, northeast and peninsular India from May 13 onwards,” Sathi Devi added.

On Tuesday, the maximum temperature in Delhi was recorded at 34.7 degrees Celsius, four notches below normal while the minimum settled at 22 degrees Celsius, normal for this time of the year, a MeT official said. The humidity levels oscillated between 54 and 28%.

A dust storm, with a wind speed of 70 kilometres per hour, had hit the national capital on Monday night followed by a squall, bringing down the temperature after a hot day.

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All evening schools run by Delhi government and few private schools operating in morning shift remained closed on Tuesday. The Delhi government had put search and rescue teams on standby in the wake of the weatherman issuing a warning of heavy rain and thunderstorm.

The traffic police has alerted their field formations to be ready to remove obstacles such as fallen trees and asked commuters to check weather conditions before travelling. The Delhi Metro, too, has decided to exercise extreme caution in running of trains in the wake of the warning.

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According to airport sources, six flights had to be diverted last night due to strong winds. However, operations were normal in the morning.

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