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Thunderstorm alert Highlights: Dust storm hits Delhi and Haryana, IMD issues warning for North India

Thunderstorm alert Highlights: The fresh round of stormy weather is unlikely to be as devastating as the one that was witnessed last week. On Sunday, the IMD warned people especially in northern and eastern states to brace for extreme weather.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: May 8, 2018 8:22:41 am
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A week after dust storms wreaked havoc in west Rajasthan and parts of Uttar Pradesh, killing 124 people and leaving more than 300 injured, thunderstorms accompanied by squall and heavy rains are likely to occur in at least 20 states and two Union Territories across the country on Monday and Tuesday, the India Meteorological Department has predicted. However, the fresh round of stormy weather is unlikely to be as devastating as the one that was witnessed last week. In its evening bulletin on Sunday, the IMD warned people especially in northern and eastern states to brace for extreme weather. Following the warning, the Haryana government has decided that all government and private schools in the state will remain closed on the two days. The Himachal Pradesh government has alerted all deputy commissioners and sub-divisional magistrates to remain alert on Monday. Follow today’s Thunderstorm alert LIVE UPDATES

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Thunderstorms and heavy rains predicted across north and east India today. Follow live updates here

01:34 (IST)08 May 2018
No rain in Gujarat, says IMD

The Met Dept has denied possibilities of rain for the next five days in Gujarat but has predicted that the temperature could come down. "We expect a little bit of drop in temperature for the next two days. The maximum temperature in North-Gujarat to vary between 41-43 degree celsius. I don't expect any kind of rain for the next five days," Jayant Sarkar, Director of IMD, Ahmedabad, told news agency ANI.

00:15 (IST)08 May 2018
Watch video of dust storm over Delhi-NCR (Express)

23:58 (IST)07 May 2018
Visuals of dust storm over east-Delhi's Mayur Vihar area

(Express Photos by Amit Mehra)

23:49 (IST)07 May 2018
Visuals of the dust storm from Haryana's Gurugram

23:45 (IST)07 May 2018
Visibility down due to dust storm

Visibility has decreased due to the dust storm. Seen here are visuals from the Ring Road in the national capital. (Express Photos by Abhinav Saha)

23:43 (IST)07 May 2018
India Meteorological Department advisory

India Meteorological Department in an advisory has warned of 'thunderstorm accompanied with gusty winds' in Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi and West Uttar Pradesh during next 48 hours. "Under the influence of a Western Disturbance; a cyclonic circulation over Haryana and a west-east trough from northwest Rajasthan to central Madhya Pradesh in lower levels, thunderstorm accompanied with gusty winds and moderate squall (speed between 50 to 70 kmph) is very likely at isolated places over Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh & Delhi and West Uttar Pradesh during next 48 hours. Hailstorm is also likely at isolated places over Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand during the same period," read the statement.

23:42 (IST)07 May 2018
Dust storm hits Delhi

A dust storm has hit Delhi and parts of NCR. 

23:29 (IST)07 May 2018
Dust storm to hit Delhi and Haryana

Strong winds along with rain have hit Delhi, Gurgaon and adjoining parts of NCR. The Meteorological Department earlier warned of rain in the national capital, while a dust and thunder storm may hit the city in the next 24 hours. Delhi, Greater Noida, Faridabad, Ballabhgarh, Khurja are expected to receive rainfall on Monday.

21:21 (IST)07 May 2018
Pictures of rain in Ludhiana by Express Photographer Gurmeet Singh

21:12 (IST)07 May 2018
People residing close to NCR should get to safe places

The India Meteorological Department issued thunderstorm with light rain and strong winds over NCR including Hisar, Jind Rohtak, Bhiwani and Narnaul in next two hours. 

20:58 (IST)07 May 2018
Rain strikes poll-bound Karnataka
20:52 (IST)07 May 2018
Schools in Dehradun to remain closed tomorrow

After Delhi, all schools and Anganwadi centers in Dehradun to remain closed tomorrow. Thunderstorm and hailstorm alert has been issued for Dehradun district for the next 48 hours. 

20:35 (IST)07 May 2018
Haryana govt cancel leaves for officials in Muncipality

The Haryana government has cancelled leave of all officials in municipalities across the state, in view of the IMD issuing an alert forecasting thunderstorm and squall tomorrow in several parts of north India. Fire and other emergency services, too, have been directed to remain alert.

The directions were issued by the state government after a meeting of Haryana Urban Local Bodies Minister Kavita Jain with senior officers of her department here.

19:58 (IST)07 May 2018
Evening schools in Delhi to remain closed tomorrow

The Delhi government Monday decided to close all evening schools tomorrow following the weather department's warning about heavy rains and thunderstorm. The decision was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by chief secretary Anshu Prakash to review preparedness in the wake of the warning.

19:26 (IST)07 May 2018
Watch video of sandstorm in Bikaner
19:20 (IST)07 May 2018
Massive sandstorm hits Rajasthan
18:30 (IST)07 May 2018
IMD issues amber-coloured alert

The IMD issued an amber-coloured alert, indicating severe weather for parts of Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi, Chandigarh, western Uttar Pradesh, Sikkim and West Bengal. The following states could witness thunderstorm and squall tomorrow with winds gusting up to 50-70 kilometres per hour.

There are four types of colour codes signifying the level of caution -- green (which means no action), yellow (a situation to be watched), amber (government agencies to be prepared for severe weather) and red (action needed by the agencies).

17:56 (IST)07 May 2018
Unseasonal snowfall in higher reaches of Jammu and Kashmir

Meanwhile, in Jammu and Kashmir, hundreds of nomadic families with their livestock were stranded after high-altitude areas of Chenab valley in Jammu and Kashmir experienced unseasonal snowfall. The snowfall followed torrential rains that lashed large parts of Jammu and Kashmir since Sunday, brought down the mercury by several notches.

17:52 (IST)07 May 2018
Delhi traffic police issues weather advisory

The Delhi traffic police issued weather advisory for commuters. It has alerted forces on the field to be on the alert and to ensure that obstacles such as fallen trees were removed. The Delhi government has also put search and rescue teams on standby in every district following the meteorological department's warning about heavy rains and thunderstorm. The revenue department of the government has issued directions to all district officers and said water and power utilities would also keep restoration teams ready.

17:23 (IST)07 May 2018
IMD cyclonic notification

According to IMD, the cyclonic circulation over west Haryana and neighbourhood lies at 1.5 km above sea level. Meanwhile, the cyclonic circulation over northeast Rajasthan and adjoining West Madhya Pradesh extending upto 1.5 km above mean sea levelhas become less marked. 

thunderstorm, weather prediction, north india, met dept, thunder storm, dust storm, rain, imd, western disturbances, indian express Thunderstorm accompanied with squall and hail is likely to hit Himachal Pradesh. (Express Photo by Sahil Walia)

The IMD, in a statement, said: “Thunderstorm accompanied with squall and hail are very likely at isolated places over J&K, Himachal, Uttarakhand, and Punjab (on Monday). Thunderstorm accompanied with squall is very likely at isolated places over Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi. Thunderstorm accompanied with gusty winds are very likely at isolated places over west UP, Bihar, West Bengal and Sikkim, Odisha, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, interior Karnataka and Kerala.” It also predicted that dust storms were “very likely” at isolated places in Rajasthan.

“The thunderstorm activity is already under progress in many parts of the country and we have been issuing alerts regarding that. But the activity is likely to intensify and strengthen over the next two days,” Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, head of services at IMD, told The Indian Express.

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