Intense thunderstorm, rain predicted across several States


The Indian Meteorological department (IMD) has issued a warning for a thunderstorm with squall at isolated places over various parts of north India.

According to the IMD forecast, thunderstorm accompanied by dust-storm with wind-speed reaching 50-70kmph and hail is very likely at isolated places in Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Chandigarh, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and eastern Rajasthan.

In an advisory, the department said thunderstorms with gusty winds are "very likely" in parts of Himachal Pradesh, east Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand. Though there is no report of any casualty as of now, a tree fell down in the Delhi Cantt area.

Seeing the weather warning, the Delhi Metro is also treading with extreme caution in running of trains.

Earlier on Monday, the revenue department issued directions to all district officers and said water and power utilities would also keep restoration teams on standby. The wind speed is predicted to touch 50-70 kilometers per hour.

Meanwhile, the weather remained generally dry today and winds remained calm in most parts of Punjab and Haryana.

The Delhi traffic police have also advised commuters to be cautious while commuting.

As a precautionary measure, the Delhi Government has chose to close all evening schools on Tuesday. The advisory said commuters should "keep themselves updated about the weather conditions and plan their journey accordingly". The Delhi government said that they are deciding on closing evening schools today and the search and rescue teams will be on alert as the MeT had issued warnings of heavy rain and thunderstorm.

Avoid travelling during the storm. An high alert has been issued in all the states. The Haryana government has also canceled the leaves of all municipal officials and fire and emergency services have been put on alert.

The severe and erratic weather conditions have been attributed to a western disturbance. "No train will enter platforms with a speed of more than 15 kmph", a metro official told PTI. It said a similar weather pattern is likely to be witnessed in West Bengal, and in six of the seven northeastern states, except Mizoram.

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