Met department issues severe weather warnings in Delhi, other regions

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Cloud.to_.ground.lightning.from_.a.tornadic.thunderstorm.1024x702The Indian Meteorological Department has forecasted high-velocity winds, rain, thunderstorm and lightning for May 8 in parts of Delhi, NCR, J&K, Uttarakhand, HP, Haryana, Chandigarh, western Uttar Pradesh, Sikkim and West Bengal due to strong western disturbance.

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), thunderstorms and gusty winds are likely to hit several northern India states, including Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, and Delhi on Tuesday,

K Sathi Devi, head of the national weather forecasting centre at the IMD said, “Thunderstorms are very common in the summer season. The only thing is that last week, the severity was very high. There were certain conditions by which only severe thunderstorms will form, which are lacking this time.”

Officials have confirmed that the thunderstorm conditions won’t be as severe as last week, when over 100 lives were claimed in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and other northern parts of the country.
As precautionary measures, Delhi government has ordered schools in Delhi and NCR region to remain closed today. Even Delhi Traffic Police has urged people to take precautions while commuting and the Delhi Metro said it was on alert for heavy rain.
All the search and rescue teams are on standby to avoid any undue incidents during the storm.

Delhi government has also issued a list of dos and don’ts to deal with any possible situation

  • Secure your home and shut all windows and doors.
  • Keep a continuous watch on weather updates through TV, newspaper or other mediums.
  • During the storm unplug unnecessary electrical equipment to cut them from the main power supply.
  • Avoid touching plumbing and electrical pipes and try not to use running water.
  • Avoid taking a bath/shower during the storm.
  • If you are outside don’t take shelter under the trees or structures with tin or metal roofing.