The traffic on the Bathinda-Patiala-Chandigarh highway remained disrupted for more than three hours as strong winds uprooted dozens of trees near Kauli village, 15 km from Patiala.
Despite the largescale destruction, no one from the district administration reached the spot to clear the highway. Volunteers of Dera Sacha Sauda and commuters were seen making efforts to clear the road.
Hundreds of vehicles were seen stranded on the road even as traffic was diverted to Patiala-Sirhind road. Power supply too was affected in most areas of Patiala and nearby towns as electricity poles were grounded.