Thunderstom Updates: Shimla hit by Severe hailstorm, Rain lashes Chandigarh

New Delhi, May 8: Thunderstorm, accompanied by gusty winds and moderate squall is likely to hit several parts of north India on Tuesday.

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), winds speed is anticipated to vary between 50 and 70 km per hour.

The met department had issued warnings to 20 states on Monday: Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Bihar, Assam, Meghalaya, West Bengal, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Sikkim, Odisha, Telangana, north Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

The bad weather in most states is likely to extend till Wednesday. Earlier last week, around 120 people were killed and more than 300 others injured in Rajasthan and parts of Uttar Pradesh due to dust storms, thunderstorms and lightning.

The national capital and neighbouring regions witnessed dust storm on Monday midnight.

Following this the flight operations at Indira Gandhi International Airport were affected.

As a precaution measure, some schools in Delhi and NCR region have been shut today.

In the wake of IMD warning, Delhi Metro is also on alert.

Follow the Updates below :

Thundercloud expected late afternoon in Delhi, NCR

With a rise in temperatures along with available humidity, we expect thundercloud build up during late afternoon hours in Delhi and NCR.

Rain lashes Chandigarh

Shimla experienced  severe hailstorm and rain

IMD on Tuesday issued thunderstorm warning for the next five days

Delhi’s minimum temperature was recorded at 25.8 degrees Celsius and the maximum temperature was likely to hover around 41 degrees Celsius on Tuesday.

Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh will continue to experience thunderstorms for next 24 hours

In the next 24 hours, hill states like Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh will continue to experience thunderstorms as they have experienced yesterday. The activity over J&K, Punjab, Haryana and north Rajasthan will reduce as compared to yesterday, said KJ Ramesh, IMD Director General.


INSAT images and maps of India

Delhi Metro could be hit today

The Delhi Metro, too, on alert. The DMRC said in a statement “If wind speed is reported in the range of 70-90 kmph, then train movement will remain normal but trains will enter with a restricted speed of 40kmph or less at platforms on elevated sections. If wind speed is more than 90kmph, then trains will be put oh hold at platforms… no train will enter the platform with a speed of more than 15kmph. Normal movement of trains will be restored once the wind speed is less then 85kmph for continuous five minutes”.

Preparation (After) Thunderstorms, Duststorms, Squall Do’s and Don’ts

Pre-Disaster Preparation (Before) severe weather condition 

Trees and electricity poles damaged after heavy rain in Uttarakhand’s Dehradun 

Six arriving flights, one departure flight delayed due to the dust storm that hit Delhi and adjoining NCR areas including Rohtak, Bhiwani, Jhajjar, Gurugram, Baghpat, Meerut & Ghaziabad on Monday midnight.

Evening schools in Delhi to remain shut today

Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut witnessed massive dust storm yesterday. 

Video of Delhi’s RK Puram

Delhi Traffic Police has advised commuters to go outside after checking the weather conditions through media.

The Delhi Traffic Police’s advisory says that it has alerted the field formations to be ready to get obstacles such as fallen trees removed. It directed commuters to avoid travelling during the storm. Those who are stopping on the road or parking their vehicle have been advised to keep away from overhead electrical wires, tinned roofs, trees, etc.

Uttar Pradesh District Magistrate Ritu Maheswari announced the closure of private and government schools and colleges on Tuesday.

Visuals of dust-storm hitting the Pragati Maidan, Delhi

Disaster Preparation (During) Thunderstorms, Duststorms, Squall Do’s and Don’ts

Delhi government’s advisory 

In view of the weather warning, Haryana Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma ordered the closure of all government and private schools for two days (Monday and Tuesday) in the state.

A few private schools in Panchkula also announced closure for two days.


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