Severe weather alert for Delhi, UP and Haryana; flights, metro services hit

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

Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab reported gusty winds and squalls.

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.

The warning issued by IMD said that the thunderstorm is likely to hit northern states and Union Territories in the country. According to the Met Department, the other places where thunderstorms ares expected are Haryana, Chandigarh, Jammu and kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Punjab. Power was cut and trees uprooted in several areas across the city. In many areas, roads were inundated with water.

It is the responsibility of the state government to make people aware and to take precautionary steps to prevent any kind of loss of life and property, Jain said.

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The government also asked the people to keep children and animals indoors and use as less electrical appliances.

The traffic police also asked commuters to keep themselves updated about the weather conditions and plan journey accordingly. "Normal movement of trains will be restored once the wind speed is less then 85kmph for continuous five minutes", the DMRC said. "No train will enter platforms with a speed of more than 15 kilometers per hour", news agency Press Trust of India quoted a metro official as saying. The Meteorological Department has said that there is a possibility of heavy rains and storms in northern India.

After the meeting, the government issued a list of "dos and don'ts" to deal with any possible situation arising out of the poor weather conditions.

"While a western disturbance would hit the western Himalayas and the plains of north India, a cyclonic circulation has also developed over north-east Rajasthan". All the states have been alerted and schools across Haryana, Himachal Pradesh remained closed with the prior warnings.

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