Thunderstorm alert LIVE updates: IMD warning for Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh; Shimla, Uttarakhand hit

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New Delhi | Updated: May 8, 2018 7:03:29 PM

Thunderstorm warning in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, LIVE updates: Thunderstorms and gusty winds are likely to hit several northern India states, including Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, and Delhi on Tuesday, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

Snowfall in Shimla and Badrinath. (Image: ANI)

Thunderstorm warning in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, LIVE updates: Thunderstorms and gusty winds are likely to hit several northern Indian states, including Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, and Delhi on Tuesday, according to the weather forecast by India Meteorological Department (IMD). The wind speed is predicted to touch 50-70 kilometres per hour. Delhi government has announced that all evening schools across the national capital will remain closed. Schools will also be shut in parts of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. A high alert has been issued in all the states. The AAP government has come out with a list of “dos and don’ts”.

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Thunderstorm warning in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana  LIVE updates:

7.00 pm: Dark grey clouds seen over Uttarkhand’s Dehradun. According to IMD, Uttarakhand will continue to experience thunderstorms in the next 24 hours.

5.03 pm: The Alipur Met Office in West Bengal has predicted that a thunderstorm with a gusty wind accompanied with hail, lightning and light rainfall will take place in some parts of Hooghly, Burdwan and Nadia districts in upcoming 1-2 hours.

(Image: Website )

4.54 pm:  The southern part of Karnataka is likely to receive moderate to heavy rains in the upcoming 3-4 hours.

4.39 pm: Hail storm and rainfall lashed Himachal Pradesh’s capital Shimla. “In last 24 hours, rain has been recorded in all parts of state.  Even today some parts might receive rainfall & hailstorm. Both Shimla & Kangra received hailstorm today. No damage reported,” Manmohan Singh, State IMD Director told news agency ANI.

Heavy rain lashes Shimla and Kangra. (Image: ANI)

4.30 pm: The Meteorological centre of Bhubaneswar on Tuesday predicted that thunderstorm with a gusty wind at a speed of 50 to 60 kmph will occur at few districts- Nuapada, Bolangir, Kandhamal, Rayagada, Gajapati, Ganjam and Nayagarh.

(Image: SRC, Bhubaneshwar)

4:00 pm: Chandigarh is experiencing heavy rain.

Chandigarh witnesses heavy rain on Tuesday. (Image: ANI)

2.53 pm: The local weather condition of Chennai city and its neighbourhood areas is likely to be cloudy. The temperature is expected to be around 37 and 29 deg Celsius. : IMD

2.52 pm: The maximum temperature in Tamil Nadu’s Tiruvallur, Kancheepuram, Vellore, Tiruvannamalai,
Karur, Tiruchirapalli and Perambalur districts will be around 38-41 deg Celsius in upcoming 24 hours.: IMD

2.50 pm: The maximum temperature in the states like Telangana, coastal parts of Andhra Pradesh, Rayalaseema and North interior Karnataka is likely to be around 41-42 degree celsius in upcoming 24 hours.: IMD

2.48 pm: The IMD on Tuesday forecasted that thunderstorm with gusty winds is likely to occur at  Tamilnadu, Kerala, South interior Karnataka, Telangana, Rayalaseema and North Coastal Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday.

2. 47 pm: The IMD on Tuesday predicted that thunderstorm with gusty winds is slated to occur at various places across states like- Tamil Nadu, Kerala, South interior Karnataka, Telangana, Rayalaseema and North Coastal Andhra Pradesh.

2.45 pm:  The Mughal Road in Jammu and Kashmir was closed for vehicular movement today after heavy snowfall overnight.

2.35 pm: According to Indian Meteorological Department, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh will experience the thunderstorm as of Monday while thunderstorm in states like- Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana and north Rajasthan will reduce as compared to yesterday.

2.25 pm: The snowfall continues in Uttarakhand’s Badrinath. It has been snowing in the town since 5 am in the morning. 2 inches of snow covers the area. Hemkund received fresh snowfall too. Former Chief Minister Harish Rawat, Congress MP Pradeep Tamta, local MLA Manoj Rawat and other Congress leaders stuck in Kedarnath following heavy snowfall in the area.

2.15 pm: Thunderstorm and hailstorm alert issued for Uttarkashi, Chamoli, Rudraprayag, Pithoragarh districts for the next few hours.

2.05 pm: Shimla on Tuesday experienced severe hailstorm and rain. Another city, Keylong too witnessed fresh snowfall this morning.

Keylong in Himachal Pradesh experiences fresh snowfall. (Image: ANI)

1.50 pm: The Indian Meteorological Department on Tuesday issued thunderstorm warning for the next five days.


1.40 pm: Delhiites today experienced a cloudy morning, according to a Met official. “The day ahead will be cloudy. Rain and thunderstorm accompanied with squall is likely to occur later in the day,” an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official said. In the national capital, the minimum temperature was recorded at 25.8 degrees Celsius and the maximum temperature was likely to hover around 41 degrees Celsius.

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1.30 pm: Gusty winds hit parts of Rajasthan this morning. Heavy winds hit Ajmer and some areas of Jaipur this morning. However, there are no casualties have been reported so far. This comes after a dust storm hit Bikaner and nearby region last night.

1.20 pm: The weather office has forecast dust storm, thunderstorm or light rains in 26 out of 33 districts of the state today. The meteorological department has warned that thunderstorm accompanied with squall and wind speed of 50-70 km/hour may hit isolated places in Sikar, Ajmer, Nagaur, Jaipur, Dausa, Alwar and Tonk districts from 9 am–11 am today.

1.10 pm: Latest update on Delhi weather- According to Skymet Weather agency, there are less chance of severe dust storm in Delhi now. However, the national capital may witness spell of strong winds up to 70 Kmph.

*WATCH: Delhi is likely to receive rain after thunderstorms

*Here is the latest update on thunderstorms and lightning that are likely to hit Delhi, UP and Haryana

1.00 pm: Delhi government has asked people to keep children inside home or shelter. It had also adviced to unplug unnecessary electrical appliances. The Delhi government in its advisory has asked people take a bath or shower or running water citing that lightning can travel along pipes. Keep away from doors, windows, fireplaces, stoves, bath-tubs, or any other electrical charge conductors,” the advisory stated.

12.50 pm: Delhi traffic police has issued advisory for commuters even as IMD has categorically said that there is no need to panic.

12.40 pm: The Delhi Traffic Police’s advisory states that it has alerted the field formations to be ready to get obstacles such as fallen trees removed. The advisory has asked 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., it said.

12.30 pm: The commuters have been advised to take shelter under concrete structures. Drivers have been advised to use dippers or parking lights while driving. The advisory said that commuters should “keep themselves updated about weather conditions and plan their journey accordingly”.

12.20 pm: Aftermath of dust storm in Dehradun. State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) team at the spot.

12.10 pm: Life line of the National Capital and adjacent areas, Delhi metro could be hit by the thunderstorm today. “If the 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 40 kmph or less, at platforms on elevated sections of the network,” Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said.

12.00 noon:  The authority said if the wind speed is reported at less then 85 kmph for a continuous period of five minutes, train movement will be normal. However, trains will be put on hold at platforms and no train will enter platforms with a speed of more than 15 kmph once the wind-speed touches or crosses 90 kmph, DMRC said.

11.50 am: While there were no instructions by the authorities to close schools in Chandigarh, but some schools took the decision on their own and announced a holiday today as a precautionary measure.

11.40 am:  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 and Ghaziabad.

11.30 am: Schools in Haryana was closed for the second day in a row in view of the MeT warning.

11.20 am: The Haryana government has cancelled leave of all officials in civic bodies across the state, in view of the IMD alert of thunderstorm and squall.

11.10 am: Fire and other emergency services, too, have been directed to remain alert.

11.00 am: The IMD on Monday issued an amber-coloured alert, indicating severe weather, for parts of Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi, Chandigarh, western Uttar Pradesh, Sikkim and West Bengal.

10.50 am: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued an alert forecasting that several parts of north India including Delhi could witness thunderstorm and squall with winds gusting up to 50-70 kilometers per hour.

10.40 am: Delhi government has decided to close all evening schools and put search and rescue teams on standby in the wake of the meteorological (MeT) department issuing a warning of heavy rain and thunderstorm.

10.30 am: All schools in Ghaziabad were closed today.

-We expect a little bit of drop in temperature for the next two days. Maximum temperature in North-Gujarat to vary between 41-43 degree celsius. I don’t expect any kind of rain for the next 5 days: Jayant Sarkar, Director of IMD, Ahmedabad on weather forecast for next five days.

-Strong winds continue in a number of places in Delhi.

-Rajasthan government prepared to tackle any kind of situation in the stat, says CM Vasundhara Raje

 

 

– Squall and hailstorm can be expected, says MeT department

NDMA has issued do’s and don’t on thunderstorm

 

– Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb visited the affected areas in the district and reviewed the situation along with district administration officials and police officers, the superintendent of police of Khowai district, Krisnendu Chakraverty said. The chief minister has announced Rs 5 lakh compensation for the family of the deceased woman, and Rs 1 lakh each to various families for repairing damaged houses, Chakraverty said. A relief amount of Rs 5,000 each will be given to all evacuees, he said.


– An elderly woman was killed and over 1,800 houses were damaged after a nor’wester struck various parts of Tripura, officials said today. Khowai was the worst affected district in the state, they said. Around 2,500 people were forced to take shelter in government buildings when the storm hit the state on Sunday, a state government official said.

– Delhi government issued advisory following thunderstorm and dust-storm alert for today.

– Dust storms hit Chandigarh and parts of Punjab and Haryana this evening with many residents preferring to stay indoors in view of the IMD forecasting thunderstorm and squall tomorrow in several parts of north India. There were reports of power supply getting disrupted at some places in the states. The Haryana government has cancelled leave of all officials in civic bodies across the state, in view of the IMD alert of thunderstorm and squall.

–  Severe dust-storm hits Jhunjhunu and Sikar, electricity disrupted in Rajasthan.

– Monday was a hot day in the national capital with the maximum temperature settling at 39.6 degrees Celsius, a notch above the season’s average.

– The Haryana government has cancelled leave of all officials in municipalities across the state, in view of the IMD issuing an alert forecasting thunderstorm and squall. While, fire and other emergency services, too, have been directed to remain alert. Notably, the Haryana government had ordered the closure of schools on May 7 and 8, with Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma yesterday saying that the decision had been taken in view of the MeT warning.

– NDMA earlier in the day held the meeting to review preparedness for Southwest monsoon.

– The Delhi Traffic Police’s advisory has advised people:
• It has alerted the field formations to be ready to get obstacles such as fallen trees removed.
• The advisory has asked 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., it said.
• The commuters have been advised to take shelter under concrete structures.
• Drivers have been advised to use dippers or parking lights while driving.
• The advisory says that commuters should “keep themselves updated about weather conditions and plan their journey accordingly”.

–  The traffic police have asked commuters to check weather conditions before travelling. While the Delhi Metro also has decided to exercise extreme caution in running of trains in the wake of the warning.

– The Delhi government today has put search and rescue teams on standby in every district following the meteorological department’s warning about heavy rains and thunderstorm. While issuing the direction to all the district officers, the revenue department of the government has said water and power utilities would also keep restoration teams ready.

– A deadly thunderstorm with winds gusting up to 100 kmph had hit Rajasthan and west Uttar Pradesh on May 2, killing over 100 people.

– Meanwhile, a tree fell on a residential building in the Kund colony in Gopeshwar and another on the road near Aapda Bhawan disrupting traffic. With many trees being uprooted because of the high speed, traffic was blocked in some areas. Roofs of some houses in the Jal Nigam colony of Gopeshwar were blown away by the high-speed winds, Rangad said adding an electric pole was also uprooted close to the GREF camp near Pipalkoti blocking the road for some time.

– Hitting the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand hard, high-speed winds lashed the area and blew away rooftops and uprooting trees. Meanwhile, two pilgrims from Gujarat, who were eating at a roadside eatery, were injured when branches of a tree fell over them under the impact of a squall near Chetrapal village.

– Watch Video: Massive sandstorm hits Bikaner’s Khajuwala, in Rajasthan

– Yet another death has been reported from Tripura’s Khowai which has been affected by storm. Chief Minister Biplab Deb, who visited the area, said, “1 person has died. 9 are injured, there has been massive loss of property. Govt will be providing compensation to all those who have been affected.”

– VISUALS: Massive sandstorm hits Bikaner’s Khajuwala in Rajasthan.

–  The Delhi government today decided to close all evening schools tomorrow following the weather department’s warning about heavy rains and thunderstorm.  The government said that all evening schools (second shift which starts from the afternoon) will be shut tomorrow.

– In the latest update, due to the storm warning, all schools in Haridwar will be shut tomorrow. Meanwhile, the second shift of government schools in Delhi will also be shut on Tuesday.

– Issuing Pre-Disaster Preparation alert, NDMA has mentioned some Do’s and Don’ts on their Twitter account. Here take a look:

– Here take a look at the weather video of today:

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

– Meanwhile, issuing an amber-coloured alert, IMD indicated severe weather for parts of Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi, Chandigarh, western Uttar Pradesh, Sikkim and West Bengal. The following states could witness thunderstorm and squall tomorrow with winds gusting up to 50-70 kilometres per hour.

– In the wake of the meteorological department’s warning about heavy rains and thunderstorm, Delhi Metro has decided to exercise extreme caution in running trains. A senior DMRC official said, “If the 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 40 kmph or less, at platforms on elevated sections of the network… If the wind speed is reported above 90 kmph then trains will be put on hold at platforms and no train will enter platforms with a speed of more than 15 kmph.”

Read| Delhi Police’s advisory for city commuters

– Meanwhile, a thick cloud of dust has covered Rajasthan’s Bikaner. The Meteorological Department has issued a 48-hour alert. Watch Video-

– Earlier in the day, Devendra Pradhan from India Meteorological Dept informed that till tomorrow there’s possibility of dust storm and thunderstorm in Delhi, Haryana and several north Indian states. In parts of J&K, Himachal and Uttarakhand there are chances of rainfall and thunderstorm. He added by saying that these thunderstorms will be moderate.

– According to All India Weather Inference’s officila website, the cyclonic circulation over west Haryana and neighbourhood at 1.5 km above mean sea level persists.

– In case you have just joined in, here’s the latest update on the thunderstorm that has taken over the northern part of India. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) today issued an alert forecasting that several parts of north India could witness thunderstorm and squall tomorrow with winds gusting up to 50-70 kilometers per hour.

– The Delhi Traffic Police has issued an advisory in which it had alerted forces on the field to be on the alert and to ensure that obstacles such as fallen trees were removed. It has also advised commuters not to travel during a storm.

– Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath while speaking in Belagavi, Karnataka said, “recently there was a thunderstorm in UP that affected many people. Our government provided relief within 24 hours.”

– Bikaner Collector has issued thunderstorm alert for Bikaner, Rajasthan for the next 3 days.

– The Meteorological department in Uttar Pradesh has issued thunderstorm warnings in some districts of the state. Districts of Uttar Pradesh including Ghaziabad, Bagpat, Meerut, Bijnor, Muzaffarnagar, Saharanpur, Bareli, Aligarh, Rampur, Bulandsahar, Gautam Buddha Nagar and Mathura could see a thunderstorm with squall in next 48 hours.

– Do’s and don’ts during thunderstorm: 

–  An 11-year-old girl died in Uttar Pradesh’s Mainpuri after a tree fell on her as strong surface winds followed by hail storm hit parts of Uttar Pradesh on Monday, IANS reported.

– Haryana schools to remain shut for two days: Haryana State Education Minister, Ram Bilas Sharma today said that the decision to keep schools close on May 7 and May 8 has been taken in view of the India Meteorological department’s warning. Panchkula schools will also remain shut on Monday and Tuesday.

– IMD predicts dust storm in Delhi: Till tomorrow there’s a possibility of dust storm and thunderstorm in Delhi. These thunderstorms will be moderate, “says Devendra Pradhan, India Meteorological Departement, Delhi.

– Hailstorms predicted in lower hills of Himachal Pradesh: The IMD has warned of thunderstorm accompanied by squall and hailstorm in the mid and lower hills of Himachal Pradesh on May 7 and 8.  It also predicted of snowfall in the higher hills till May 10.

– Heavy rains predicted in North-East IMD has predicted of heavy rains at isolated places over Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura on May 7.

– These states could also see thunderstorms accompanied with squall at isolated places.

– Thunderstorm and heavy rain have damaged houses, uprooted trees and snapped power supply in several districts of Assam since Saturday.

– Rajasthan could see another dust storm: IMD has predicted of another dust storm/ thunderstorm at isolated places over Rajasthan.

– Days after a high-intensity duststorm in northwest and northeast regions of the country, the people of Rajasthan ‘s Bharatpur district are still waiting for water supply and electricity to be restored.

– Delhi, Greater Noida, Faridabad, Ballabgarh and Khurja are likely to receive rainfall today.

– UP government announces Rs 4,00,000 aid for the kin of thunderstorm victims: The Uttar Pradesh Government had announced Rs 4,00,000 each for the kin of the those killed during the thunderstorm in the state. In addition to this injured are being given free treatment.

– Rs 200,000 to be given to the kin of those killed from PMNRF: Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved an ex gratia payment of Rs. 200,000 on Friday each for the kin of those killed due to dust storm on May 2from The Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund.

– Chandigarh gets early morning rains: Rains were witnessed in Chandigarh early morning. Some private schools have announced closure for two days.

-Eastern states warned of thunderstorm: The IMD has issued warnings of thunderstorm accompanied with gusty winds at isolated places over Odisha and West Bengal on May 7. West Bengal could see thunderstorm accompanied with gusty winds till May 10.

-Heat waves likely to prevail over Vidarbha: The IMD has issued warnings of heat waves which might prevail over Vidarbha till May 10. Southern states could also see the wreath of thunderstorms.

-The intensity of these thunderstorms may not be like the previous thunderstorm that hit western Rajasthan and parts of Uttar Pradesh. “The current meteorological conditions indicate that the oncoming round of thunderstorms would not be as strong as we saw in the last week,” Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, head of services at IMD, said.

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