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Thunderstorm Alert: Schools in Delhi, Uttrakhand to Remain Closed Tomorrow

Thunderstorm Alert: Schools in Delhi, Uttrakhand to Remain Closed Tomorrow

The IMD blamed unpredictable Delhi weather on a lack of clarity about how western disturbance over Jammu and Kashmir and a cyclonic circulation over Haryana would impact weather in the National Capital Region.

"Thunderstorm and dust storm accompanied by high-speed winds are very likely at isolated places in Rajasthan". Tress and electricity poles were uprooted in Dehradun and other areas in Uttarakhand.

Following the IMD warning, the Delhi government chose to close all evening schools tomorrow, and put search and rescue teams on standby.

A severe storm, accompanied by hail and rain, hit Shimla and other parts of Himachal Pradesh, while the higher reaches of the state experienced snowfall.

In Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri, hailstorm preceded by heavy rains hit Thanamandi area in the evening, prompting authorities to launch a massive rescue operation, a senior official said.

The Delhi traffic police has already issued a traffic advisory for people travelling in Delhi and NCR.

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The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), which operates trains in the national capital and NCR, said it would exercise extreme caution in running of trains.

Keep yourself updated about weather conditions and plan your journey accordingly.

Meanwhile, the Delhi metro has also said that it was on alert for heavy rains and thunderstorms. The Delhi police have asked people not to venture out without checking storm warnings. The India Meteorological Department has issued a five-day weather warning, with light to moderate rainfall in the northern states.

Apart from the northern states and west Madhya Pradesh, dust-storms with gusty winds are also likely to hit isolated places in north-eastern states, including Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura and also Bihar. Mr Mohapatra said, the weather condition will improve in north-west India from tomorrow onwards. They're also asked to not use electrical appliances during the storm, and stay indoors during the storm.

Those who are stopping on the road or parking their vehicle have been advised to keep away from overhead electrical wires, tinned roofs, trees, etc., it said.

Last week, 124 people died and more than 300 people were injured in the incidents of storms and lightning in 5 states of India, including Rajasthan, western Uttar Pradesh.


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