Dust storm, light drizzle in Delhi; meteorological department keeps a watch

Thunderstorm and rain alert for Delhi-NCR strong winds warning in Himachal Pradesh

According to the alert, these places will witness "loud peals of thunder with frequent lightening flashes. with moderate to heavy spell of rain and maximum wind speed of 29 to 74 kilometers per hour". Heavy rains and thunderstorm were forecast for the national capital tonight by the Meteorological (MeT) department.

All evening schools run by Delhi government and few private schools operating in morning shift remained closed today. Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh will continue to experience thunderstorm for the next 24 hours. If wind speed is more than 90kmph, then trains will be put oh hold at platforms... no train will enter the platform with a speed of more than 15kmph.

All evening schools will remain shut in Delhi, while Haryana has already announced 2-day holiday for schools. A yellow coloured alert has been issued for these states. Northeast India is more likely to be hit severely with the rain and storms, and people are advised to keep inside their house, and not to venture outside during the storm. Metro authorities explained that the trains will function normally if the winds are within 70-90 kmph. "Till tomorrow there's a possibility of a dust storm and thunderstorm in Delhi", IMD official, Devendra Pradhan told ANI.

The Delhi Metro has also made a decision to exercise extreme caution in running trains.

The storm was caught on camera over Bikaner in the northern state of Rajasthan. People need to take action to keep themselves and others safe.

The met department has issued warnings about thunderstorms and squalls across 20 states: Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Bihar, Assam, Meghalaya, West Bengal, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Sikkim, Odisha, Telangana, north Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Unfortunately, at least 124 people died and more than 300 were injured when dust storms hit five states, including Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, last week.

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