Thunderstorm, squall alert in north India

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Dust storms also hit Chandigarh and parts of Punjab and Haryana this evening with many residents preferring to stay indoors in view of the IMD forecasting. The MeT department issued a warning at around 9:00 pm that said that a thunderstorm is expected to occur in Delhi-NCR in the coming hours along with rain and storm on Tuesday. The government also issued a list of "dos and don'ts" to deal with any such possible situation.

Strong winds swept parts of Rajasthan overnight and this morning, affecting normal life, weather officials said.

In its nowcast, the IMD has also warned of moderate thunderstorm over Meerut in Uttar Pradesh, and Alwar and Bhiwani in Rajasthan. There was an IMD alert, issued on Monday, of "a cyclonic circulation over Haryana", saying it will bring light to moderate rainfall in north India.

The advisory also asked people to avoid taking a bath or shower or running water for any goal.

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"Thunderstorm accompanied with squall (wind speed 50-70 kmph) are very likely at isolated places over J&K, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh and Delhi, west UP and sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim", it said. It also said that people should avoid taking bath or shower.

The Delhi traffic police have also advised commuters to be cautious while commuting.

The Delhi government held a high-level meeting chaired by Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash to review the preparedness in the wake of the warning. Those who stopped their vehicles on the road in the event of a storm or rain were asked to keep away from overhead electrical wires, tinned roofs, trees, etc. "No train will enter platforms with a speed of more than 15 kmph", a metro official told PTI.

Last week, 124 people died and more than 300 people were injured in the incidents of storms and lightning in 5 states of India, including Rajasthan, western Uttar Pradesh.