Thunderstorm warning issued in several regions, Delhi shuts schools

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'Rain/thundershowers very likely at most places over Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand; many places over West Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi; at a few places over north Rajasthan and East Uttar Pradesh during the next 24 hrs and significant decrease thereafter, ' according to the forecast. However, the national capital might have spell of strong winds up to 70 Kmph, it said.

In a circular issued in the evening, the directorate of education said that winds with a speed of 50-60 kmph may blow between 3 pm and 7 pm in Delhi which is expected to peak around 5.30 pm. "The worst is over", Mahesh Palawat, chief meteorologist at Skymet Weather, a private forecaster, said of Delhi NCR.

The government also issued a list of "dos and don'ts" to deal with any such possible situation.

The Uttar Pradesh government has asked its officials to take precautionary measures in view of the warning for eastern and western districts of the state.

Meanwhile, the Delhi metro has also said that it was on alert for heavy rains and thunderstorms. The plains of Haryana, Chandigrah and Punjab also witnessed showers on Tuesday.

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The commuters were also advised to take shelter only under concrete structures and the car-drivers were asked to use dipper lights while they were driving. In view of the warning, Delhi government has put search and rescue teams on standby. 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.

"Thunderstorm and dust storm accompanied by high-speed winds are very likely at isolated places in Rajasthan".

The Haryana government has cancelled leave of all officials in civic bodies across the state, in view of the IMD alert of thunderstorm and squall.

Those who are stopping on the road or parking their vehicle have been advised to keep away from overhead electrical wires, tinned roofs, trees, etc., it said.

In the thunderstorm last week, at least 124 people died and more than 300 were injured in northern states.

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