24-hour dust, thunderstorm warnings issued in hill states

India: Severe Local Storm - May 2018

The Delhi government on Monday made a decision to close all evening schools tomorrow following the weather department's warning about heavy rains and thunderstorm. Thunderstorm accompanied with gusty winds is also expected at isolated places over East Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal & Sikkim, Bihar, Jharkhand, Assam and Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura, West Madhya Pradesh, East Uttar Pradesh, South Interior Karnataka, Odisha, north Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Rayalaseema, Tamilnadu and Kerala. Monday, May 7, night saw dust storms with speeds of about 70 kilometers per hour and the Met office has said that this is likely to continue Tuesday, May 8, as well.

Meanwhile, severe dust storm has hit Jhunjunu and Sikar districts of Rajasthan. The Meteorological Department has said that there is a possibility of heavy rains and storms in northern India.

Last Wednesday night, thunderstorms had wreaked havoc in parts of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, killing over 100 people.

While most of the part of India is going through harsh summers, Himachal Pradesh's Shimla and Uttarakhand's Kedarnath and Badrinath got hit by severe hailstorm and have received fresh snowfall recently. If wind speed is more than 90kmph, then trains will be put oh hold at platforms... no train will enter the platform with a speed of more than 15kmph. An unidentified metro official said trains would run at 40 kilometres per hour on elevated stations if the wind speed was under 90 kilometres per hour.

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The commuters were also advised to take shelter only under concrete structures and the car-drivers were asked to use dipper lights while they were driving.

Head of Services of IMD, Dr M Mohapatra said, due to the impact of western disturbance, thunderstorm accompanied with squalls and hail is likely to occur over Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Haryana and Delhi during the period.

Seeing the weather warning, the Delhi Metro is also treading with extreme caution in running of trains.

In the thunderstorm last week, at least 124 people died and more than 300 were injured in northern states.

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