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Thunderstorm Alert: Schools in Delhi, Uttrakhand to Remain Closed Tomorrow

Thunderstorm Alert: Schools in Delhi, Uttrakhand to Remain Closed Tomorrow

The Met department has warned that thunderstorms and squalls with a wind speed of up to 70 kmph are "very likely" in Uttarakhand and parts of eastern India on Wednesday, signalling that the freak weather phenomenon over northern India has moved eastward. The Indian Meteorological Department issued warnings to the North Indian states of thunderstorm and heavy rains.

The Directorate of Education (DoE) has said all evening shift schools will remain closed until further notice. Then, on Tuesday morning, Shimla was hit by a heavy hailstorm and high mountains of Himachal Pradesh received fresh snowfall. "If the wind speed is reported more than 90 kmph then trains will be put on hold at platforms and no train will enter platform with a speed of more than 15 kmph", a senior DMRC official told PTI. Schools will also be closed in parts of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.

Parts of Delhi witnessed a dust storm coupled with a drizzle in the evening, with MeT department keeping an eye on its progress.

The Delhi government and Delhi traffic police have also issued directives following the alert. IMD has predicted more dust storms and thundershower in North India today.

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No casualties were reported in the dust storm that hit the national Capital on Monday night, but the storm caused power cuts and uprooted trees in areas such as Mayur Vihar, Janakpuri and Dwarka.

Earlier in the day, the IMD issued a mild thunderstorm and dust storm warning for the next 48 hours in New Delhi and its neighbouring states. Heavy rains are also expected at isolated places over Tamil Nadu, south interior Karnataka and Kerala.

The IMD said that duststorms very likely at isolated places over Rajasthan, the Met office said. It has asked people to keep children inside home or shelter. According to the official, there is a possibility of rains and strong winds in some areas of Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi and Western Uttar Pradesh too.


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