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IMD issues thunderstorm warning in northern and eastern India

IMD issues thunderstorm warning in northern and eastern India

Following this, all evening schools run by the Delhi government and a few private morning schools remained closed on Wednesday.

The Delhi Metro has also chose to exercise extreme caution in running trains. The IMD issued an amber-coloured alert, indicating severe weather, for parts of Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi, Chandigarh, western Uttar Pradesh, Sikkim and West Bengal.

The warning has also been issued for southern part of the country for today and tomorrow. "We have issued moderate weather alert for the states", said M. Mohapatra, DGM, National Weather Forecasting Centre, IMD. The one parking or stopping was advised to keep away from electrical wires above their heads, tinned roofs, as they can come off due to strong wind, trees etc. The advisory said that commuters should "keep themselves updated about weather conditions and plan their journey accordingly". "The district and sub-district search and rescue teams have been put on standby", a senior official of the department said. The traffic police has asked also commuters to check weather conditions before travelling while the Delhi Metro too has made a decision to exercise extreme caution in running of trains.

Trees and electricity poles were uprooted in several areas with reports of power outages.

Fire and other emergency services, too, have been directed to remain alert. More than 40 people were died last week in Agra because of thunderstorms.

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Ranawat confirmed that 4,200 poles, 395 transformers and 375 feeders have been damaged in Bharatpur.

Efforts are on to restore power supply in these places and arrangements are being made for 13,000 poles along with transformers and other material.

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.

There is also likelihood of heavy rains in the southern states including Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Puducherry and south Odisha.

Notably, the Haryana government had ordered closure of schools on May 7 and 8, with Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma yesterday saying that the decision had been taken in view of the MeT warning.

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