Strong winds and thunderstorm hit New Delhi-NCR region

Strong winds and thunderstorm hit New Delhi-NCR region

Strong winds and thunderstorm hit New Delhi-NCR region

The weather department issued another warning of a storm on Tuesday evening for Delhi, Gurugram and Noida, but the maximum wind speed recorded at the Safdarjung observatory at 8.50pm was about 40kmph. Delhi government had put search and rescue teams on standby in the wake of the weatherman issuing a warning of heavy rain and thunderstorm.

However, K Sathi Devi, head of IMD's National weather Forecasting Centre, said the severe weather phenomenon over northwest India is likely to subside as the influence of two western disturbances - which led to the erratic weather - is weakening.

The Met department today warned that thunderstorms and squalls with a wind speed of up to 70 kmph are "very likely" in Uttarakhand and parts of eastern India tomorrow, signalling that the freak weather phenomenon over northern India has moved eastward.

According to reports, following the thunderstorm, there was o power outage in parts of Faridabad and many other places.

Delhi adjoining states Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan that witnessed gusty winds and squalls affected the visibility in the area, power cut and damage of properties. There was an IMD alert, issued on Monday, of "a cyclonic circulation over Haryana", saying it will bring light to moderate rainfall in north India.

Authorities have been asking residents to take precautions and stay indoors unless absolutely necessary to step out.

The government also asked people to ensure that children and animals are inside and unplug unnecessary electrical appliances. Earlier today, a dust storm was also reported from Rajasthan's Bikaner and Jaisalmer districts.

The Delhi Metro, too, has chose to exercise extreme caution in running of trains in the wake of the warning. Ten calls were also received by the traffic helpline in connection with the storm. This caused several flights to be delayed in Delhi. The traffic police has asked also commuters to check weather conditions before travelling while the Delhi Metro too has chose to exercise extreme caution in running of trains. They urged the commuters to not travel during the storm.

The wind speed is expected between 50-70 kmph.

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