Thunderstorm lashes city, hits power supply

Brings down trees; wind speed recorded at 64.8 km per hour.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Updated: May 5, 2014 4:41:48 am


After heavy rain in Panchkula on Sunday. After heavy rain in Panchkula on Sunday.

A Thunderstorm lashed the city on Sunday evening, bringing down trees, disrupting electricity supply and flooding low-lying areas.

However, it also provided relief from sweltering heat.

Several trees were uprooted causing damage to vehicles as well as blocking of roads. In Sector 20, four cars were damaged when a tree fell on them.

Poonam, one of the residents, said, “Two of our cars have been damaged while two others belong to our neighbours.’’ Luckily, no one was injured.

Power supply was affected in sectors 47, 48, 49, 20, 21, 22, 27, 19, 32, 46 and several other areas. The central complaint centre was flooded with calls. People complained that it was not possible to get through to the number as it was constantly engaged.

Several roads and roundabouts were flooded and vehicles stranded. The parking lots of markets, including those in sectors 18, 19, 22, 21, 7, 8, 9 and 10, were filled with water. Roads in Panchkula were also waterlogged.

There had been an increase in the heat over the past few days with the temperature, both during day and night, being very high. The minimum temperature recorded last night was 25.4 degree Celsius, which was five degrees above normal. Over the past few days, the maximum temperature had crossed 41 degree Celsius.

Surinder Paul, director of Meteorological Department, said, “The lower level air had been sufficiently warm and humid for the past few days.

The high temperature led to a thunderstorm.”

He added, “There are chances of rain and thunderstorm in the next 24 hours. There are also possibilities of thundery development on Monday and Tuesday, which might bring down the temperature to 38 or 37 degree Celsius. Thereafter, by next week the temperature will rise to around 42 degree Celsius.”

The maximum temperature recorded on Sunday was 36.4 degree Celsius which was one degree above normal while the minimum temperature was 26.0 degree Celsius which was five degrees below normal.

There was a warning that thunder squalls with wind speed exceeding 45 km per hour may occur in the city and the surrounding areas. On Sunday evening, the wind speed was recorded to be 64.8 km per hour.

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