IMD Issues Warning For New Delhi And Haryana

Kenny Tucker
May 9, 2018

The decision was taken following the alert by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) that parts of Delhi may witness thunderstorm and gusty winds.

The Meteorological Department had said that thunderstorms and squalls are "very, very likely at isolated places in Haryana, Chandigarh, and Delhi". Thunderstorm accompanied with gusty winds is also expected at isolated places over East Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal & Sikkim, Bihar, Jharkhand, Assam and Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura, West Madhya Pradesh, East Uttar Pradesh, South Interior Karnataka, Odisha, north Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Rayalaseema, Tamilnadu and Kerala.

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Seeing the weather warning, the Delhi Metro is also treading with extreme caution in running of trains. Delhi government had put search and rescue teams on standby in the wake of the weatherman issuing a warning of heavy rain and thunderstorm. "If the wind speed is reported to be above 90 km per hour, trains will be put on hold at platforms". "Thunderstorm, dust storm and lightning strikes are possible over Punjab and Haryana". "It is a question of reliability; we should do some sort of reality check on how many times have the warnings come true", said Piyoosh Rautela, a senior official in the Department of Disaster Management, Uttarakhand. If the winds were stronger, metro services would be suspended, he said.

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The government also asked the people to keep children and animals indoors and use as less electrical appliances. As a precaution, some schools in Delhi and NCR region have declared holiday.

Keep yourself updated about weather conditions and plan your journey accordingly.

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.

It was a far cry from the warning of squalls and thunderstorms in 13 states that IMD issued over the weekend, prompting schools in several states to remain closed on May 6 and 7. The Delhi police have asked people not to venture out without checking storm warnings. Mr Mohapatra said, the weather condition will improve in north-west India from tomorrow onwards.

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