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IMD issues thunderstorms warning for 13 states till May 11

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Monday issued an alert forecasting that several parts of north India and other Indian states can witness thunderstorm and squall with winds gusting up to 50-70 kilometers per hour on Tuesday and could continue till May 11.

The IMD issued an amber-coloured alert, indicating severe weather, for parts of Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarkhand, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi, Chandigarh, western Uttar Pradesh, Sikkim and West Bengal. Several parts of these states could witness thunderstorm and squall with winds gusting up to 50-70 kilometers per hour, the alert said.

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In a weather warning bulletin on Monday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the states likely to be affected by thunderstorms and gusty winds are Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Sikkim, Odisha, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Karnataka and Kerala.

The Delhi government today decided to close all evening schools tomorrow following the weather department’s warning about heavy rains and thunderstorm. The government said that all evening schools (second shift which starts from the afternoon) will be shut tomorrow. 

The Haryana government on Monday closed schools for two days as a preventive measure in view of the weather warning.

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Early morning rains lashed Chandigarh and surrounding areas while authorities in Haryana and Punjab remained on high alert following a storm advisory issued by the Met Department.

In Himachal Pradesh, mild snowfall occurred in the mountain areas while some parts received rain. The local weather office warned of more snow and rain accompanied by hailstorms and gusty winds in the state till Wednesday.

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