Signalling that the freak weather phenomenon over northern India has moved eastward, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) warned that thunderstorm and squall with a wind speed of up to 70 kmph are “very likely” in Uttarakhand and parts of eastern India on Wednesday. The Met department released an advisory saying thunderstorm with gusty winds are “very likely” in parts of Himachal Pradesh, east Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand. “A similar weather pattern is likely to be witnessed in West Bengal, and in six of the seven northeastern states except Mizoram,” it said. The National Disaster Management Authority also said that the thunderstorm and squall are likely to hit 12 states on Wednesday. Dust storm, rains and thunder left at least 100 animals dead in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district, uprooting trees and blowing the roofs off homes in Himachal Pradesh’s Shimla on Monday.
Thunderstorm alert LIVE UPDATES: A dust storm with a wind speed of up to 70kmph had hit Delhi Tuesday night followed by a squall. Following this, all evening schools run by the Delhi government and a few private morning schools remained closed on Wednesday. The weather department has forecast another round of heavy rain and thunderstorm tonight.
However, K Sathi Devi, head of IMD’s National weather Forecasting Centre, said the severe weather phenomenon over northwest India is likely to subside as the influence of two western disturbances – which led to the erratic weather – is weakening.
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