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Thunderstorm alert LIVE UPDATES: IMD predicts rain, strong winds over Delhi-NCR in next two hours

Thunderstorm alert LIVE UPDATES: IMD predicted thunderstorm with rain and strong winds over NCR including Hisar, Kaithal, Jind, Kurukshetra, Karnal in the next two hours.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 8, 2018 11:46:24 pm
Thunderstorm alert LIVE UPDATES: Met forecast predicts gusty wind today, alert issued across north India Thunderstorm alert LIVE UPDATES: A dust storm is seen building up over the city of Bikaner on Monday. In a fresh advisory by the India Meteorological Department (IMD), dust storm and heavy rain likely at isolated places in Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, western Rajasthan and states in North-east. (PTI photo)

Thunderstorm alert LIVE UPDATES: Several parts of north India are likely to witness thunderstorm, accompanied by gusty winds and moderate squall on Tuesday. Wind speed is expected to vary between 50 and 70 km per hour, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD). IMD issued an alert on Monday saying “under the influence of a western disturbance, a cyclonic circulation over Haryana and a west-east tough from northwest Rajasthan to central Madhya Pradesh in lower levels” will bring light to moderate rainfall in north India. The prediction comes a week after a deadly thunderstorm killed at least 124 people and injured more than 300 in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. In the next 48 hours, parts of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi and western Uttar Pradesh are expected to witness heavy to moderate rainfall. The wind speed of 50-70 kilometers per hour has been predicted. Also READ | North India could witness thunderstorm, gusty wind | Also Read | Thunderstorm alert: What Delhi should know and prepare for

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India Meteorological Department predicts thunderstorm, gusty wind over parts of North India today. Follow LIVE UPDATES below

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  • 20:05 (IST)

    IMD predicts thunderstorm in Bhiwani, Rohtak, Bagpat, Panipat, Meerut, Muzaffarnagar, Bijnor

    Thunderstorm with rain and gusty winds would occur over and adjoining areas of most parts of Delhi and NCR including Bhiwani, Rohtak, Bagpat, Panipat, Meerut, Muzaffarnagar, Bijnor in the next two hours: IMD

  • 19:41 (IST)

    Search and rescue teams put on standby in Delhi

    Delhi government had put search and rescue teams on standby in the wake of the weatherman issuing a warning of heavy rain and thunderstorm. The traffic police has alerted their field formations to be ready to remove obstacles such as fallen trees and asked commuters to check weather conditions before travelling.

  • 19:34 (IST)

    IMD says Uttarakhand to witness thunderstorms in next 24 hours

    According to IMD, Uttarakhand will continue to experience thunderstorms in the next 24 hours.

  • 19:28 (IST)

    IMD predicts thunderstorm with rain over NCR including Hisar, Jind, Kaithal

    Thunderstorm with rain and strong winds would occur over NCR including Hisar, Kaithal, Jind, Kurukshetra, Karnal during next two hours: IMD

  • 19:26 (IST)

    Heavy rains, thunderstorm likely in Delhi tonight

    Heavy rains and thunderstorm are likely to hit the national capital tonight, according to the MeT department. The maximum temperature was recorded at 34.7 degrees Celsius today, four notches below normal while the minimum settled at 22 degrees Celsius, norm l for this time of the year, a MeT official said.The humidity levels oscillated between 54 and 28 per cent.

  • 17:47 (IST)

    Thunderstorms on May 2-3 killed at least 134 people, says MHA

    Thunderstorms and lightning on May 2-3 killed at least 134 people and injured more than 400 in five states, including the hardest-hit Uttar Pradesh, the Home Ministry said today. The highest 80 people were killed in Uttar Pradesh and nearly 100 others were injured in the state. A majority of the deaths and injuries were reported from the Agra region, a home ministry spokesperson said, giving the latest figures.

  • 15:01 (IST)

    Thunderstorm alert issued for Uttarkashi

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

  • 12:37 (IST)

    Cloudy sky in Delhi, rain, thunderstorm likely

    The national capital woke up to a cloudy morning on Tuesday with predictions of rain and thunderstorm, a Met official said.

  • 09:01 (IST)

    The Delhi government has also issued an advisory, “asking people to monitor the media for updates and warning instructions; not to take bath during the storm as lightning can travel along pipes, and to unplug electrical equipment”.

    The Delhi government has also issued an advisory, “asking people to monitor the media for updates and warning instructions; not to take bath during the storm as lightning can travel along pipes, and to unplug electrical equipment”.

  • 08:49 (IST)

    Flights delayed due to dust storm

    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.

  • 08:24 (IST)

    IMD also said, "Thunderstorm accompanied with squall (wind speed 50-70 kmph) are very likely at isolated places over J&K, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh and Delhi, west UP and sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim."

    IMD also said, "Thunderstorm accompanied with squall (wind speed 50-70 kmph) are very likely at isolated places over J&K, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh and Delhi, west UP and sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim."

  • 08:23 (IST)

    IMD issues amber-coloured alert

    On Monday, the IMD issued what is known as an amber-coloured alert, signifying the level of caution, that is needed to be followed. There are four types of colour codes signifying the level of caution: green (no action), yellow (situation to be watched), amber (government agencies to be prepared for severe weather) and red (action needed).

23:46 (IST) 08 May 2018
Four injured after wall collapsed in Badarpur area of south east Delhi

The parapet of a building collapsed in Badarpur area of south east Delhi on Tuesday night, injuring three children and a woman. A Delhi Fire service official told PTI that the incident took place apparently due to high-speed winds.

20:05 (IST) 08 May 2018
IMD predicts thunderstorm in Bhiwani, Rohtak, Bagpat, Panipat, Meerut, Muzaffarnagar, Bijnor

Thunderstorm with rain and gusty winds would occur over and adjoining areas of most parts of Delhi and NCR including Bhiwani, Rohtak, Bagpat, Panipat, Meerut, Muzaffarnagar, Bijnor in the next two hours: IMD

19:42 (IST) 08 May 2018
Rainfall in Fatehabad in Haryana

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19:41 (IST) 08 May 2018
Search and rescue teams put on standby in Delhi

Delhi government had put search and rescue teams on standby in the wake of the weatherman issuing a warning of heavy rain and thunderstorm. The traffic police has alerted their field formations to be ready to remove obstacles such as fallen trees and asked commuters to check weather conditions before travelling.

19:34 (IST) 08 May 2018
IMD says Uttarakhand to witness thunderstorms in next 24 hours

According to IMD, Uttarakhand will continue to experience thunderstorms in the next 24 hours.

19:28 (IST) 08 May 2018
IMD predicts thunderstorm with rain over NCR including Hisar, Jind, Kaithal

Thunderstorm with rain and strong winds would occur over NCR including Hisar, Kaithal, Jind, Kurukshetra, Karnal during next two hours: IMD

19:26 (IST) 08 May 2018
Heavy rains, thunderstorm likely in Delhi tonight

Heavy rains and thunderstorm are likely to hit the national capital tonight, according to the MeT department. The maximum temperature was recorded at 34.7 degrees Celsius today, four notches below normal while the minimum settled at 22 degrees Celsius, norm l for this time of the year, a MeT official said.The humidity levels oscillated between 54 and 28 per cent.

17:47 (IST) 08 May 2018
Thunderstorms on May 2-3 killed at least 134 people, says MHA

Thunderstorms and lightning on May 2-3 killed at least 134 people and injured more than 400 in five states, including the hardest-hit Uttar Pradesh, the Home Ministry said today. The highest 80 people were killed in Uttar Pradesh and nearly 100 others were injured in the state. A majority of the deaths and injuries were reported from the Agra region, a home ministry spokesperson said, giving the latest figures.

17:35 (IST) 08 May 2018
Meanwhile, in Karnataka

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16:21 (IST) 08 May 2018
Heavy rain lashes Chandigarh

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16:04 (IST) 08 May 2018
People walk on Mall Road in Shimla after hailstorm

(Express photo by Pradeep Kumar)

15:57 (IST) 08 May 2018
Photos from Shimla hailstorm

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15:52 (IST) 08 May 2018
Shima faced severe hailstorm and snow

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15:03 (IST) 08 May 2018
Hailstorm in Shimla

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15:02 (IST) 08 May 2018
Visuals from Shima following heavy hailstorm

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15:01 (IST) 08 May 2018
Thunderstorm alert issued for Uttarkashi

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

14:35 (IST) 08 May 2018

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. 

14:09 (IST) 08 May 2018
14:06 (IST) 08 May 2018

The weather office has forecast dust storm, thunderstorm or light rains in 26 out of 33 districts of Rajasthan today.

13:53 (IST) 08 May 2018

Heavy winds hit Ajmer and some areas of Jaipur this morning while a dust storm hit Bikaner and nearby region last night.

13:48 (IST) 08 May 2018

Gusty winds swept parts of Rajasthan overnight and this morning, affecting normal life, weather officials said. No casualties have been reported so far.

13:22 (IST) 08 May 2018
Adverse weather: Himachal advises against travelling to higher reaches

An advisory was issued to avoid travelling to the high hills of Kullu, Sirmaur, Chamba, Lahaul and Spiti and Kinnaur districts as chances of snow and rain are high over the next 24 hours, IANS quoted a government spokesperson as saying on Tuesday morning. Kullu Deputy Commissioner Yunus Khan told IANS that tourists and locals bound for the Rohtang Pass, some 52 km from Manali, were not allowed to go beyond Marhi, due to continuous snowfall that has resulted in snapping of road links leading to the pass.

12:57 (IST) 08 May 2018

Meanwhile, the Himachal Pradesh government on Tuesday advised locals and tourists not to travel towards the higher reaches as moderate snowfall and rains continued across the state.

12:55 (IST) 08 May 2018

Monday's maximum temperature in Delhi was recorded at 39.6 degrees, while the minimum temperature settled at 24 degrees.

12:46 (IST) 08 May 2018

"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. 

12:37 (IST) 08 May 2018
Delhi temperature today

The minimum temperature was recorded at 25.8 degrees Celsius and the maximum temperature was likely to hover around 41 degrees Celsius. The humidity at 8.30 a.m. was 58 per cent.

12:37 (IST) 08 May 2018
Cloudy sky in Delhi, rain, thunderstorm likely

The national capital woke up to a cloudy morning on Tuesday with predictions of rain and thunderstorm, a Met official said.

12:16 (IST) 08 May 2018
More thunderstorms likely to hit India till May 11

The weather office also warned that thunderstorms, squalls and gusty winds are likely to hit many parts of India, including Delhi, till Friday even as the mountains of Himachal Pradesh received fresh snowfall.

In a weather warning bulletin, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the states likely to be affected by thunderstorms and gusty winds are Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Sikkim, Odisha, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Karnataka and Kerala.

12:09 (IST) 08 May 2018
Ghaziabad schools, colleges closed on Tuesday

All the public and private schools in Ghaziabad will remain closed on Tuesday in view of the adverse weather expected, it was announced on Monday. In an order, District Magistrate Ritu Maheswari said that in view of the forecast for a thunderstorm on Tuesday, private and government schools and colleges shall remain closed.

12:08 (IST) 08 May 2018
Agra on 48-hour weather alert till Wednesday

Strong surface winds followed by hail storm turned the weather in Uttar Pradesh's Agra on Monday prompting an alert from the Met office for the next 48 hours till Wednesday. District Magistrate Gaurav Dayal issued a detailed advisory with "Dos and Don'ts", gearing up for another deadly storm as the Met warned of high-velocity winds and heavy showers in the region.

11:17 (IST) 08 May 2018
'Chances of severe Dust storm over Delhi-NCR decreased'

"Chances of severe Dust storm over Delhi and NCR have decreased. We expect one or two spells during afternoon and evening. Winds will be 50 to 60 Kmph gusting to 70 Kmph," said Mahesh Palawat, Vice President, Weather and Climate Change, Skymet Weather.

11:08 (IST) 08 May 2018

Meanwhile, Badrinath received fresh snowfall this morning, 2 inches of snow covers the area. Hemkund received fresh snowfall too. Badrinath Yatra underway.

10:33 (IST) 08 May 2018

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”.

10:22 (IST) 08 May 2018

The revenue department of the Delhi government has issued directions to all district officers and said water and power utilities would also keep restoration teams ready.

10:12 (IST) 08 May 2018

Delhi traffic police has asked commuters to check weather conditions before travelling.

READ | Delhi braces for thunderstorm: Evening schools shut, Metro could be hit today

09:48 (IST) 08 May 2018
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09:44 (IST) 08 May 2018
What is a dust storm?

A dust storm is a strong, turbulent wind that carries clouds of fine dust, soil, and sand over a large stretch, which mainly occurs in arid and semi-arid regions. In case of a dust storm, due to excessive heating, the water from the clouds evaporates before it could land. So soil is dry and the severe winds lift this soil up to 500 metres above the land. While wind speed is normally around 50 kmph in a thunderstorm, in case of dust storm, it reaches up to 100 kmph and in some cases it can touch 130 kmph, making conditions severe.

09:33 (IST) 08 May 2018

Kamal Kishore said the NDMA had prepared videos on precautions to be taken during lightning. These videos were in English and Hindi and could be translated into local languages. There are some other videos too!

09:31 (IST) 08 May 2018

National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) member Kamal Kishore said there is a need to “vigorously” push for creating awareness among people. “The NDMA provides normative guidance than needs to be then adapted to the local context,” he said. 

Thunderstorm alert LIVE UPDATES: IMD predicts gusty wind today, alert issued across north India Dust storm over Delhi on Monday night (Express Photo by Amit Mehra)

Days after dust storms whipped through parts of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, killing over a hundred people, a blame game has started between the Centre and the India Meteorological Department (IMD) over alleged lapses in the weather warning agency’s early warning mechanism. While the Centre has asked IMD to explain why its forecasting mechanisms failed to prevent the deaths, the meteorological agency maintained it had called up chief secretaries of the two BJP-ruled states, but they had “failed to disseminate the information.” The IMD also said that its role was to forecast and issue alerts, while it was up to the state authorities to take it to the “last mile” and alert people.