Storm alert: Dos and don'ts for residents, travel advisory for commuters

IMD issues thunderstorm warning in northern and eastern India

Weather Alert: IMD Issues Thunderstorm Warning for North and East India

"Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi and west Uttar Pradesh could also witness these conditions", the Hindustan Times quoted the Met office as saying.

They have also put search and rescue teams on standby. The power department had a loss of 50 crores.

The Delhi government and Delhi traffic police have also issued directives following the alert.

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The Police has put the field formulation on alert to remove obstacles like fallen trees and soft structure for the smooth flow of traffic in the city. "Normal movement of trains will be restored once the wind speed is less then 85kmph for continuous five minutes", the DMRC said.

The Delhi Metro, too, has made a decision to exercise extreme caution in running of trains in the wake of the warning. An unidentified metro official said trains would run at 40 kilometres per hour on elevated stations if the wind speed was under 90 kilometres per hour. This caused several flights to be delayed in Delhi.

Noida and Gurugram authorities have ordered closure of all schools, while the Delhi government has closed only the evening schools.

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Earlier, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a fresh warning of thunderstorm accompanied with rain and strong gusty winds in New Delhi and National Capital Regions (NCR) including Hisar, Kaithal, Jind, Kurukshetra, Karnal in next two hours. The Indian Meteorological Department has forecast high velocity winds, rain and possible thunder and lightning for Tuesday as well. It also advised commuters not to travel during a storm. The advisory said that commuters should "keep themselves updated about weather conditions and plan their journey accordingly".

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

Trees and electricity poles were uprooted in several areas with reports of power outages.

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In an advisory, the department said thunderstorms with gusty winds are "very likely" in parts of Himachal Pradesh, east Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand.

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