IMD Issues Warning For New Delhi And Haryana

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After severe dust storm hit New Delhi and other parts of the India with a wind speed of 70 kmph on Monday night, the India Meteorological Department has issued a warning for several states across the north India saying squalls are likely to continue. All evening schools run by the Delhi government and a few private morning schools remained closed on Tuesday.

In the list, the government has advised the people to stay indoors and follow the local weather updates for further alerts and warnings.

The IMD had forecast thunderstorm accompanied with squall and hail very likely in isolated places over Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi for May 7 and 8.

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In an advisory, the department said thunderstorms with gusty winds are "very likely" in parts of Himachal Pradesh, east Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand. During the period, thunderstorm accompanied with gusty winds is likely to occur at isolated places over interior Tamilnadu, Kerala, South interior Karnataka, Telangana, Rayalaseema and North Coastal Andhra Pradesh. "Normal movement of trains will be restored once the wind speed is less then 85kmph for continuous five minutes", the DMRC said.

The revenue department of the government has already issued directions to all district officers and said water and power utilities would also keep restoration teams ready. At around 11:15 pm, strong winds lashed New Delhi, a Safdarganj observatory official said. All state governments have asked fire and other emergency services to remain alert. People can contact Delhi Police civic and traffic helpline - 1095, 25844444 - if they are caught in any trouble during the storm. Mr Mohapatra said, the weather condition will improve in north-west India from tomorrow onwards.

Earlier in the day, Shimla and Fatehabad in Haryana had experienced heavy rainfall. There is also a trough of low pressure between Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. "Till tomorrow there's a possibility of a dust storm and thunderstorm in Delhi", IMD official, Devendra Pradhan told ANI.

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