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IMD issues warnings: Thunderstorm with gusty winds will hit 13 states, 2 UTs

By FnF Correspondent | PUBLISHED: 07, May 2018, 14:27 pm IST | UPDATED: 10, May 2018, 10:42 am IST

IMD issues warnings: Thunderstorm with gusty winds will hit 13 states, 2 UTs New Delhi: Thunderstorms accompanied with squall and hail is very likely at isolated places over Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi on Monday. According to the India Meteorological Department warning issued on Monday morning, thunderstorm accompanied with gusty winds will hit isolated places over West Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Sikkim, Odisha, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, interior Karnataka and Kerala.

Some areas of Rajasthan will witness dust storm on Monday while heavy rain is very likely at isolated places over Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura. Vidarbha in Maharashtra will face heatwave conditions in one or two pockets.

On May 8, thunderstorms accompanied with squall and hail will hit some areas of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi. Some places in West Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan will see thunderstorms with squall.

Thunderstorms accompanied with gusty winds are very likely at isolated places over Punjab, East Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Sub ­Himalayan West Bengal, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, South Interior Karnataka, Tamilnadu and Kerala. Heavy rain will take place isolated places over South Interior Karnataka and Kerala while heatwave conditions will prevail in one or two pockets over Vidarbha.

Wednesday, too, will witness thunderstorm accompanied with gusty winds at isolated places over East Uttar Pradesh, Sub Himalayan West Bengal, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Kerala. Vidarbha will continue to reel under heatwave conditions. The weather on Thursday at a few places in West Bengal, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Kerala will see thunderstorms accompanied with gusty winds. Vidrabha will have heatwave conditions in one or two pockets on Wednesday and Thursday too.

Thunderstorms accompanied with gusty winds will be witnessed at isolated places over West Bengal, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Kerala on Thursday too.

At least 124 people were killed when massive dust storms and thunderstorms hit several areas of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan last week. The highest casualties were from Uttar Pradesh where almost 73 persons were killed. Rajasthan witnessed the death of 35 people.

 Here are the top 10 developments around the recent weather conditions, today's weather forecast by IMD and the likelihood of thunderstorms in North India according:

1. Rains in Chandigarh: Chandigarh and its surrounding areas witnessed early morning rains on Monday. The city authorities are on a high alert following the storm warning issued by the met department.

2. Haryana schools closed: The Haryana government has announced that all schools will remain closed in the state on Monday and Tuesday.

State Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma on Sunday said the decision has been taken in view of the MeT Department's warning.

The weatherman has forecast thunderstorm with squall at isolated places in the state on May 7 and thunderstorm with squall and hail at some places on May 8.

3. Haryana Revenue and Disaster Management Department issues advisory: In view of the warning, the Haryana Revenue and Disaster Management Department, in an advisory, has suggested safety tips to be adopted in case of thunderstorms, dust storms and squall.

A spokesperson of the department said there is no need to panic and people should follow the precautions, pay special attention to children and senior citizens.

All departments have been directed to stay alert, he said.

4. Thunderstorms, rains likely in 13 states, 2 UTs on Monday: At least 13 states and two Union Territories are likely to witness thunderstorms accompanied by squall, hail and heavy rains on Monday (today), the Home Ministry said.

Thunderstorm accompanied with gusty winds are very likely at isolated places in Uttarakhand and Punjab, while some places over Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura are likely to witness heavy rains, a Home Ministry official said quoting an Indian Meteorological Department advisory.

Thunderstorm accompanied with gusty winds are very likely at isolated places over Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi and Western Uttar Pradesh.

Dust storm and thunderstorm are also likely at isolated places in West Rajasthan, the official said.

5. Rain leads to a drop in temperature in Himachal Pradesh: Stormy weather conditions prevailed in Himachal Pradesh on Sunday leading to a significant drop in temperature.

Minimum temperatures dropped by three to five degrees during past 24 hours and Keylong recorded a low of 3.7 degrees Celsius while Kalpa and Manali recorded the minimum temperatures at 4.6 degrees Celsius and 6.4 degrees Celsius, respectively.

The MeT department here warned of thunderstorm accompanied by squall and hailstorm in the mid and lower hills on May 7 and 8. It predicted rains or thundershowers in the mid and lower hills and rains and snow in the higher hills till May 10.

6. Pradhan seeks support for storm-hit Odisha farmers: Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Sunday requested Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh to extend all possible support to the farmers affected by the untimely Nor'wester in Odisha.

He said that widespread loss of crops and life in many districts of Odisha have occurred as a result of the untimely Nor'wester (Kalabaishakhi) spell of rains and hailstorm which swept many parts of the state over the past few days.

7. Seven injured, 200 houses collapsed in storm in West Bengal: Seven persons were injured and about 200 houses were collapsed in a storm in Nadia district on Sunday, District Magistrate Sumit Gupta said.

The storm with a speed of about 90 to 100 km per hour lashed places such as Ranaghat, Hanskhali and Krishnagar.

While seven persons were injured in house collapse or by uprooted trees, Gupta said.

 8. Crops damaged, Mango prices might go up: The thunderstorms that stuck Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, a few days earlier, destroyed almost 30-40 of the standing mango crop in the main growing districts of Saharanpur, Pilibhit, Muzaffarnagar, Bareli, Rampur and Sitapur.

Traders and farmers said this might push up mango prices in the domestic market this year as Uttar Pradesh is one of the biggest suppliers of mangoes in the country.

However, there have no report of any large-scale damage to the standing wheat crop except in a few pockets in and around Agra as most of the produce has already been harvested.

9. Prime Minister approves an ex-gratia of Rs 200,000 for the kin of those killed: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Friday, approved an ex gratia payment of Rs 200,000 each from the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund for the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to the dust storm in various parts of north India on May 2.

An official release said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also approved Rs 50,000 each for those seriously injured due to the storm.

10. UP Government announces Rs 4,00,000 ex-gratia for the kin of thunderstorm victims: The Uttar Pradesh Government on Saturday announced Rs 4,00,000 ex-gratia each for the kin of those killed during Wednesday's thunderstorm.

The chief minister said, "Relief has been provided to the affected. Kin of those who died have been given Rs 4,00,000 as ex-gratia and the injured are given free treatment in hospitals."
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