Heavy showers catch all unawares

A HEAVY downpour caught people in the State capital unawares around Tuesday noon. The sudden rainfall, associated with thunderstorm, forced people going on the roads to scurry for cover. The rains lashed the city for around an hour The meteorological office said rainfall was part of a local activity precipitated by a weather system existing over the southern Chhattisgarh.

india Updated: Sep 20, 2006 14:25 IST

A HEAVY downpour caught people in the State capital unawares around Tuesday noon. The sudden rainfall, associated with thunderstorm, forced people going on the roads to scurry for cover. The rains lashed the city for around an hour
The meteorological office said rainfall was part of a local activity precipitated by a weather system existing over the southern Chhattisgarh.

The system is moving slow, but feeding a lot of moisture into the State. This is causing isolated heavy rains at places across Madhya Pradesh.

The main impact of this system will be felt in northern Chhattisgarh and eastern MP, said Regional Meteorological Centre Director D P Dubey.

After a dry and hot Monday, morning hours on Tuesday too remained quite sunny. Dense clouds gathered all of a sudden and streaks of lightening flashed across the sky.

Within minutes of the heavy shower, several roads became water-logged. Though it did not rain later in the day, a cloudy and cool weather prevailed. The meteorological office recorded 9.7 mm rainfall in the city between 8.30 am and 5.30 pm and most of it was recorded within an hour. Bairagarh recorded 14.3 mm rainfall.

In other parts of Madhya Pradesh during the last 24 hours (ending 8.30 am on Tuesday), Khurai and Multai recorded two cm each while Kannod and Patan one cm each.

First Published: Sep 20, 2006 14:25 IST