A high-velocity duststorm accompanied with light rain and gusty winds hit the Delhi and National Capital Region (NCR) on Saturday evening.
The massive storm with a wind speed of up to 70 to 80 km per hour turned the sky dark at several parts of the national capital, including RK Puram, Dwarka, Akbar road, Noida and Chhatarpur area in early Saturday evening.
"Delhi storm: Intense thunderstorms to hit the capital in about an hour. Folks take cover," earlier Jatin Singh, CEO, Skymet Weather predicted.
Earlier, it was a warm day on Saturday with the minimum temperature settling at 29 degrees Celsius, three notches above the season's average while the maximum temperature was hovering around 41 degrees Celsius, a notch above normal. Mercury slipped from 41 to 39 degrees Celsius hours before the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted the storm.
Here are the LIVE updates on Thunderstorms:
# 08:39 PM: 26 people and 4 animals reported dead due to thunderstorm and lightning across 11 districts of Uttar Pradesh. CM Yogi Adityanath directs concerned District Magistrates to provide relief to the affected people.
# 07:17 PM: Total 27 flight diversions took place between 5 pm and 6 pm in Delhi due to rain and dust storm in Delhi-NCR. The normalcy of operations restored at Indira Gandhi International Airport.
# 06:10 PM: 18 flights diverted due to thunderstorm and rain in Delhi.
# 05:51 PM: Following an intense duststorm in Delhi and National Capital Region (NCR) metro services at Blue Line disrupted.
# 05:38 PM: Light to moderate rain and thundershower with isolated duststorm activity will continue over Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, North Rajasthan and many parts of West Uttar Pradesh during the next 48 hours.
# 05:29 PM: DelhiRains: Squally winds, light rain lashes the national capital at 5:30 pm.
# 05:28 PM: Dust storm and strong winds hit RK Puram area in Delhi.
Dust storm & strong winds hit Delhi, visuals from RK Puram area. pic.twitter.com/aNbEpNaBRi— ANI (@ANI) June 9, 2018
# 05:26 PM: Dust storm, strong winds and clouds turn the sky dark in Delhi.
Dust storm, strong winds & clouds turn the sky dark in Delhi, visuals from Dwarka. pic.twitter.com/RRVN1g6v3K— ANI (@ANI) June 9, 2018
# 05:25 PM: A sudden change in weather marked by a dust storm and strong winds at Akbar road in Delhi.
A sudden change in weather marked by dust storm & strong winds hit Delhi, visuals from Akbar Road. pic.twitter.com/Rpo4tDjlzY— ANI (@ANI) June 9, 2018
# 05:24 PM: DelhiWeather: Dust storm lashes several parts of Delhi NCR. Thunderstorm to follow soon.
# 05:20 PM: Dust storm and strong winds hit Delhi, a change in weather brings respite from the heat.
Dust storm & strong winds hit Delhi, a change in weather brings respite from the heat. Visuals from Chhatarpur area. pic.twitter.com/uPxMoVX2CF— ANI (@ANI) June 9, 2018
The Indian Meteorological Department issued the fresh warning days after 17 persons were reported dead in another round of dust storm in western Uttar Pradesh on Friday.
Muradabad witnessed the highest number of casualties (7) while Muzaffarnagar and Meerut reported two deaths each. Three persons lost their lives in Sambhal and two vies were claimed in Badaun. All these deaths have been reported due to tree or house collapse incidents, according to Relief commissioner Sanjay Kumar.
Meanwhile, several parts of West Bengal, including Kolkata are also expected to witness a stormy day on Saturday as per the MeT department.
#Rain #thundershower with isolated heavy spell and strong winds over Bankura, Barddhaman, Birbhum, Haora, Hugli, #Kolkata, Murshidabad, Nadia, North 24 Parganas, Paschim Medinipur, Purba Medinipur, Puruliya and South 24 Parganas districts of #WestBengal in 6 hours. #weatheralert— SkymetWeather (@SkymetWeather) June 9, 2018
On Saturday, Mumbai too has been hit by the southwest monsoon, which was earlier supposed to reach Mumbai on June 10. The inclement weather situation disrupted flights and local train services after heavy to very heavy rains lashed parts of the financial capital of India. Read Full Story Here.