Weather conditions in Delhi and Rajasthan have begun to improve, with chances of only scattered rains Tuesday, reports NDTV.
The met department has however issued a weather warning for the next 5 days. On Wednesday, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram may witness a thunderstorm.
Dust storm, with a wind speed of 70 kilometres per hour, had hit the national capital and neighbouring Gurgaon just before midnight on Monday. The dust storm was followed by a squall, bringing down the temperature after a hot day, the weatherman said.
The high-velocity wind swept through Delhi around 11.15 pm, an official at the Safdarjung observatory said.
In Tripura, an elderly woman was killed and over 1,000 houses were damaged following a severe storm, officials from the state emergency operation centre said. The IMD forecast for Wednesday says heavy rain is very likely at isolated places in Assam and Meghalaya.
Met Office in Shimla said heavy rainfall accompanied by thunderstorms and strong winds was likely at some places in Himachal Pradesh till Thursday.
No significant weather warning has been issued for Delhi either. There are chances of scattered rainfall in some parts Tuesday.
Weather conditions in Rajasthan are improving. There may be light rain in some places but no dust storm.
Thunderstorm accompanied with squall and hail is likely at places over Sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim, met forecast says.
Delhi residents woke up to a cloudy morning Tuesday. ‘The day ahead will be cloudy. Rain and thunderstorm accompanied with squall is likely to occur later in the day,’ an IMD official said.
Schools are open in Rajasthan. There is however a chance that thunderstorm may hit Sikar, Ajmer, Nagaur, Jaipur, Dausa, Alwar and Tonk, met department said.
Heavy winds hit Ajmer and some areas of Jaipur in the morning while a dust storm hit Bikaner on Monday.
Strong winds swept parts of Rajasthan overnight and this morning, affecting normal life, weather officials said. No casualties have been reported so far.
The Delhi government has ordered all afternoon schools to remain closed Tuesday as precautionary measures.
Schools in neighbouring Haryana have been closed till Tuesday following storm warnings. The Haryana government has cancelled leave of all municipal officials in view of the met department’s forecast. The fire department and other emergency services, too, have been asked to stay on alert.
‘If the wind speed is reported to be above 90 km per hour, trains will be put on hold at platforms. No train will enter platforms with a speed of more than 15 kilometers per hour,’ news agency Press Trust of India quoted a metro official as saying.
Met office has said that several parts of north India, including Delhi could witness thunderstorm and squall Tuesday. Wind speeds could go up to 50-70 kilometers per hour.
All the public and private schools in Ghaziabad and many in Noida will remain closed on Tuesday in view of the adverse weather expected, District Magistrate Ritu Maheswari said.
Trees and electricity poles were damaged after heavy rain and dust storm in Dehradun.
Khowai, which is at a driving distance of 55 km from Agartala, was worst hit by the thunderstorm. However, parts of Dhalai, Gomati, Unakoti, Sipahijala districts and South Tripura were also affected.
Sixteen relief camps were set up across Tripura on Monday. 2,500 people have taken shelter there.
A severe storm struck many parts of Tripura on Monday. An elderly woman was killed. 1800 houses have been damaged in the past 48 hours, officials from the state emergency operation centre said.
The Delhi Metro has decided to exercise extreme caution in running of trains in wake of the warning.
The met department has issued warnings about thunderstorms and squalls across 20 states: Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Bihar, Assam, Meghalaya, West Bengal, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Sikkim, Odisha, Telangana, north Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
The bad weather in most states is likely to extend till Wednesday. Last week, at least 120 people were killed and more than 300 others injured across five states due to dust storms, thunderstorms and lightning.
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