IMD issues alert forecasting thunderstorm, squall in north India
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.
Normal life was disrupted in parts of Punjab, Haryana and Delhi with the India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicting more bad weather tomorrow. Metro authorities explained that the trains will function normally if the winds are within 70-90 kmph.
The government and Department of Education also issued circulars on the MeT warnings of dos and don'ts.
According to airport sources, six flights had to be diverted last night due to strong winds. All the states have been alerted and schools across Haryana, Himachal Pradesh remained closed with the prior warnings.
Four colour codes are issued to indicate various categories of alerts. The Haryana government has also canceled the leaves of all municipal officials and fire and emergency services have been put on alert. It has said that taking bath or shower in running might make people vulnerable to electric shock as lightning current might run through the pipe. "Keep away from doors, windows, fireplaces, stoves, bath-tubs, or any other electrical charge conductors", the advisory stated.
It also advised commuters not to travel during a storm.
The advisory also asked people to avoid taking a bath or shower or running water for any objective. "No train will enter platforms with a speed of more than 15 kmph", a metro official told PTI.
The Delhi Metro, too, has made a decision to exercise extreme caution in running of trains in the wake of the warning. Wind speeds could go up to 50-70 kilometers per hour.
In the thunderstorm last week, at least 124 people died and more than 300 were injured in northern states. Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, western Uttar Pradesh and sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim are likely to witness similar weather conditions.
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