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Hail strikes, woes rain

Hailstorm, rain and strong winds unleashed their combined fury on the State capital and southern parts of the State on Thursday evening. A hail of woes came crashing down on Bhopal residents as power shutdown threw life out of gear. Hell broke loose on farmers as the hailstorm left a trail of destruction of the standing crops.

india Updated: Mar 17, 2006 13:01 IST

Hailstorm, rain and strong winds unleashed their combined fury on the State capital and southern parts of the State on Thursday evening. A hail of woes came crashing down on Bhopal residents as power shutdown threw life out of gear. Hell broke loose on farmers as the hailstorm left a trail of destruction of the standing crops.

The calamity hit the the State which was still smarting under the destruction of last week's hailstorm. High velocity winds and lightening preceded heavy rains and bouts of hailstorm that continued for about an hour in the evening. The wind velocity was so high that many hoardings here were blown off. Trees were uprooted in parts of the City.

Hailstorm was reported on the outskirts -- Kolar Road, Bawaria Kalan, Gulmohar, Damkheda, Nayapura, Berasia and Misrod. Crop loss was huge in Misrod.

The unseasonal rains are the result of an upper air cyclonic circulation existing over Vidarbha and adjoining southern MP. This is likely to continue till Friday, the Met office has said. The system is incurring moisture from the Arabian Sea and the drop in temperature has led to hailstorm over parts of southern MP.

The City sky remained partially cloudy right from the morning. In the afternoon, some drizzle was recorded after which the weather was clear for a while.

But around 4.30 pm, heavy clouds gathered in the sky, turning the atmosphere dark. High-speed winds accompanied by lightening started blowing across the city sending the citizens scurrying for cover. The wind blew for more than half an hour following which heavy rains and hail struck the City.

Although the Met office could record only 2.0 mm of rains till 5.30 pm, intensity of rains had increased after that. The rains continued intermittently till late in the night. The day temperature also plunged again under the influence of the weather system and was recorded at a maximum of 28.0 degrees, five degrees below the normal of the season.

Director of Regional Meteorological Centre Dr D P Dubey said the cyclonic circulation would cause rain, thundershowers and even some hailstorm in southern MP on Friday, following which the weather system is expected to move towards Chhattisgarh and bring respite to the State. In other parts of the Sate during the last 24 hours, Guna, Sagar and Gwalior recorded trace rains.

Temperatures showed a decreasing trend elsewhere in state with Indore recording maximum of 30.0 and minimum of 15.8, Gwalior – 31.0 and 15.1 and Jabalpur – 28.5 and 17.0.

Powerless City
POWER SUPPLY was disrupted at several places as electricity wires broke under branches of trees that fell as a result of thundersqualls that lashed Bhopal Thursday evening.

First Published: Mar 17, 2006 13:01 IST