Delhi schools in Tuesday afternoon shift to shut, advisory issued

Delhi schools in Tuesday afternoon shift to shut, advisory issued

IMD warns that winds at a speed of 50-70 kilometers per hour may gush in the region. The Indian Meteorological Department has forecast high velocity winds, rain and possible thunder and lightning for Tuesday as well.

In the wake of the storm, all evening schools will also remain shut today in Delhi while Haryana had already announced school holidays for the first two days of the week.

The warning issued by IMD said that the thunderstorm is likely to hit northern states and Union Territories in the country. "No train will enter platforms with a speed of more than 15 kmph", a metro official told PTI.

A high-intensity dust storm hit New Delhi and Haryana on late Monday night.

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Hailstorm is also likely at isolated places over Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand during the same period.

The Delhi Metro, too, has chose to exercise extreme caution in running of trains in the wake of the warning.

Private weather agency Skymet in its forecast has said that there was less chance of severe dust storm in Delhi now. A dust storm occurred in Sriganganagar disrupting normal life in the area. Metro authorities explained that the trains will function normally if the winds are within 70-90 kmph.

The IMD said: "Thunderstorm accompanied with gusty winds very likely at isolated places over Punjab, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, west Madhya Pradesh, east UP, east Rajasthan, coastal and south interior Karnataka and Kerala". It has asked people to keep children inside home or shelter. "Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi and west Uttar Pradesh could also witness these conditions", the Hindustan Times quoted the Met office as saying. 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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