Intense thunderstorm, rain predicted across several States

IMD issues thunderstorm warning in northern and eastern India

Dust storm hits Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana

After attracting criticism for failing to predict the intensity of the thunderstorms and dust storms on May 2 that left over 120 dead, largely in Rajasthan and UP, IMD officials were left red-faced when the "thunderstorm and squall" they predicted would hit Delhi-NCR on Tuesday didn't happen.

The Delhi government on Monday made a decision to close all evening schools on Tuesday and put search and rescue teams on standby in the wake of the meteorological (MeT) department 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.

A week after thunderstorm and rainfall wrecked havoc in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, killing more than 100 people, an intense dust storm with a wind speed of 70kmph hit the national capital region Monday (May 7) night.

There were reports of power supply getting disrupted at some places in the states.

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

The weather department also predicted that a thunderstorm accompanied with squall and hail is likely at isolated places over Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, Haryana, Chandigarh & Delhi, West Uttar Pradesh and Sub-Himalayan, West Bengal and Sikkim. The Haryana government has also canceled the leaves of all municipal officials and fire and emergency services have been put on alert.

Parts of Delhi witnessed a dust storm coupled with a drizzle in the evening on Tuesday.

While running trains, the Delhi Metro has made a decision to exercise extreme caution.

"Commuters to avoid travelling during the storm". A high-velocity dust storm hit parts of north India on Monday night with a wind speed of up to 70 kilometres per hour, the Met office said.

The Police has put the field formulation on alert to remove obstacles like fallen trees and soft structure for the smooth flow of traffic in the city.

The Delhi traffic police have also advised commuters to be cautious while commuting.

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