Wednesday, 23 May, 2018

Thunderstorm alert! IMD predicts squall, gusty winds across India today

Thunderstorm hits Delhi: 40 flights diverted, Metro services affected Strong Winds, Dust Storm, Rain Hit Delhi/NCR, Flights Grounded At IGI Airport
Anna Jefferson | 13 May, 2018, 20:28

At least 40 domestic flights were diverted.

9 Delhi-bound flights made emergency landing at Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport after Air Traffic Control did not permit them to land at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport due to bad weather conditions. Almost 31 domestic flights and six global flights were delayed following the dust storm. As the flights were diverted, airlines started informing passengers of the development on Twitter and by other means.

"Till about 7.15 PM, over 40 diversions were reported".

Dozens of flights were diverted to Jaipur, Amritsar and Lucknow, people familiar with the matter said.

Worldwide flights from Katmandu, Riyadh, Colombo, Jeddah, Kabul were delayed even as flights from Tokyo, Newark and Colombo were diverted to other places, the sources said.

However, the temperature in the morning at 8:30 am was recorded at 30.6 degrees Celsius while the humidity was recorded at 60 per cent, a Meteorological (Met) department official said.

The India Meteorological Department on Saturday predicted that Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh would witness thunderstorm accompanied by squall.

Dust storms can also hit many parts of Rajasthan in the next two days.

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Visuals from Noida Sector 27 Thunderstorm over the northern hill-states and its effect in the plains is due to a western disturbance, the IMD said.

Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh & Delhi, Assam & Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram & Tripura, Vidarbha, Chhattisgarh, south Madhya Maharashtra, South Interior Karnataka, Lakshadweep, Kerala and Tamilnadu and Puducherry.

Traffic came to a standstill at several areas in Delhi while Metro services along the Noida-Dwarka line was stalled for 30 minutes.

"Thunderstorms will also hit the South, but they won't be as strong", said M Mohapatra, head of services, IMD.

'This was necessitated due to falling of a tree on OHE wires between Okhla and Jasola stations due to the thunderstorm.

# 08:01 PM: 6 people lost lives in Srikakulam, 1 person in Vizianagaram and 1 person in Kadapa district due to the thunderstorm: Andhra Pradesh State Disaster Management.

Metro services between Indraprastha and Karol Bagh metro stations in Delhi were disrupted after a tree fell on the tracks of the route between Rajiv Chowk to RK Ashram metro stations.

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