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IMD issues thunderstorm warning in northern and eastern India

09 May 2018, 12:27 | Francis Delgado

As North India braces for thunderstorms, vague weather alerts are of little help

India: Severe Local Storm - May 2018

According to airport sources, six flights had to be diverted last night due to strong winds. Heavy rains and thunderstorm were forecast for the national capital tonight by the Meteorological (MeT) department. Keylong's maximum temperature has dropped to 3.5 degree celsius. An high alert has been issued in all the states. The Delhi police have asked people not to venture out without checking storm warnings.

All evening schools run by the Delhi government and few private schools operating in morning shift remained closed today. The AAP government has come out with a list of "dos and don'ts".

Severe hailstorm lashed Shimla today, with rains being reported from various parts in North India, including Chandigarh. It also said that people should avoid taking bath or shower.

"This is because lightning can travel along pipes". It has asked people to keep away from doors, windows, fire places, stoves, bath-tubs, or any other electrical charge conductors.

It also advised commuters not to travel during a storm.

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Numerous locations were hit by the storm after dark, meaning early morning commuters had a testing drive to work on Tuesday as they struggled to navigate fallen trees and branches. People need to take action to keep themselves and others safe.

Effects are expected to be seen in isolated places over Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi and western Uttar Pradesh in the next 48 hours. "The district and sub-district search and rescue teams have been put on standby", a senior official of the department said.

Following the IMD warning, the Delhi Metro has made a decision to exercise extreme caution in running of trains.

A powerful dust storm swept across North India on Monday night with a wind speed of up to 70 kilometres per hour resulting in low visibility, power disruption and damage to property. "No train will enter platforms with a speed of more than 15 kmph", a metro official told PTI.



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