Storm alert for many states including Kerala; Haryana schools shut

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Storm alert for many states including Kerala; Haryana schools shut

The Indian Meteorological Department has predicted thunderstorms and squalls (strong gusts of wind) across Haryana, Delhi, Chandigarh and western parts of Uttar Pradesh.

Light to moderate rainfall occurred at many places over Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Rajasthan and a few places over Punjab, Haryana and east Rajasthan.

High-velocity dust storm affected life in several parts of Delhi.

Gradual extension of these weather activities will take place and starting tonight, thunderstorm, dust storm and lightning strikes are also possible over Punjab, Haryana and may even reach Delhi NCR region.

In an advisory, the department also said thunderstorms with gusty winds are "very likely" in parts of Himachal Pradesh, east Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand.

Last night, a dust storm with wind speed of up to 70kmph had hit Delhi followed by a squall.

The department has issued weather forecast for next five days - May 7 to May 12. Our correspondent reports, a separate alert has been issued for Saharanpur and Baharaich districts.

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

As a precautionary measure, the Delhi government has announced that all evening schools across the national capital would remain closed on Tuesday (08.05.2018).

Keep away from overhead electric wires, tinned roofs, trees etc. while stopping or parking vehicles. The Delhi Traffic Police urged people to take precautions while commuting and the Delhi Metro said it was on alert for heavy rain.

On the other hand, heavy rains are likely on Monday at isolated places over Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura. The sporadic weather distress comes after rain and thunder hit UP and Rajasthan which caused destruction of mud houses, crop damages among other displeasing fallouts.

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