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Home / Punjab / Freaky Friday: High-speed winds leave 1 dead, 1 hurt in Chandigarh tricity

Freaky Friday: High-speed winds leave 1 dead, 1 hurt in Chandigarh tricity

Trail of destruction: Man dies as tree comes crashing down on him in Chandigarh; vehicles damaged, transformers uprooted in Panchkula; mercury drops 8 notches after it rains; roads inundated in some areas; weatherman has predicted clear sky in coming days

punjab Updated: Jun 02, 2018 11:50 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Commuters had to turn on the headlights of their vehicles early as the tricity was engulfed in darkness amid cloudy sky and sudden dust storm in the evening, as seen here on the road dividing Sectors 67 and 68 in Mohali on Friday.
Commuters had to turn on the headlights of their vehicles early as the tricity was engulfed in darkness amid cloudy sky and sudden dust storm in the evening, as seen here on the road dividing Sectors 67 and 68 in Mohali on Friday.(Keshav Singh/HT)

One man was killed while another was injured as high-speed winds left a trail of destruction in the tricity on Friday evening.

Meanwhile, bringing respite from heat, winds accompanied by rain brought the mercury down by eight notches.

After 5pm, the sky turned dark as dust storm engulfed the city. Winds peaking at 90 km/hr were recorded at the old airport observatory. After the dust storm, it rained 14mm at the airport and 2mm at the observatory in Sector 39. 

The winds led to power cuts, uprooting of trees, waterlogging and traffic jams in many parts of tricity.

Facts
  • Peak wind speed: 90 km/hr 
  • Rain: 14mm (airport), 2mm (city) 
  • Dip in mercury : 8°C

UT senior superintendent of police (SSP, traffic) took to Twitter to share an advisory: “Due to sudden rain and peak hours there is a general traffic congestion in Chandigarh. @trafficchd (Chandigarh traffic police) is on the job. Please remain patient.” 

A man died after a tree came crashing down on him on the Sector 10/11 road. Investigating officer Ranbir Singh said police are yet to the victim’s identity as no document was found on him.

Meanwhile, in Mohali’s Balongi village a shopkeeper was injured after a mobile tower collapsed. The tower was installed on a residential building. The injured was taken to hospital for treatment.

While the Chandigarh civic body’s horticulture department was still counting losses, its staff cleared uprooted trees from Sectors 10, 11, 16, 17, 22, 23, 35, 36,37 and Manimajra. Tree branches fell on parked vehicles too. Police said they received 22 calls regarding uprooting of trees in Chandigarh.

Trees were uprooted in many places in Panchkula as well though there was no report of loss of life or injury. In Sector 11, the road got blocked after a signboard fell on it.

A mobile tower installed at a house in Sector 11 and trees and electricity poles in Sector 4, 7 and 20 were uprooted while transformers at Sectors 4, 9 and 20 and the Industrial Area were damaged in Panchkula. Two cars were also damaged in Sector 4.

An uprooted tree that claimed a man’s life on the road dividing Sectors 10 and 11 in Chandigarh.
An uprooted tree that claimed a man’s life on the road dividing Sectors 10 and 11 in Chandigarh. ( Karun Sharma/HT )

Power outages

Power supply was disrupted across tricity. While it returned within an hour in Chandigarh and Mohali, the worst-hit was Zirakpur where the entire town was engulfed in darkness even after weather returned to normal.

In Panchkula, too, power had not returned in some areas till the filing of this report.

“Following winds, power was disrupted as electricity poles and transformers were damaged at various places,” said Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam executive engineer Arvind Chaudhary. “Electricity wires also snapped from several poles. Our teams are inspecting the areas affected to resolve the issues.”

“Things are back to normal now though power was disrupted for some time,” said Mohali electricity department superintending engineer (SE) HS Oberoi.

Earlier during the day, the maximum temperature recorded was 38.3°C, which was a notch below normal. After the winds, it dipped to 30°C at 5:30pm. 

A fallen signboard obstructing traffic in Sector 11, Panchkula, after the gusty winds on Friday.
A fallen signboard obstructing traffic in Sector 11, Panchkula, after the gusty winds on Friday. ( Sant Arora/HT )

“There was a possibility of thundery development as we had put out in the forecast,” said a meteorological department official. “There was a system developing in Himachal Pradesh, which instead of moving towards the northeast side shifted towards Chandigarh, leading to rain.” 

Meanwhile, the minimum temperature recorded on Thursday night was 31.2°C, highest so far this season. For the past three nights, the temperature has been five to six degrees above normal at night, which is expected to change on Friday. Relative humidity varied between 36% and 83% on Friday. 

The weatherman has ruled out the possibility of rain in near future.  For the next three days, the sky will remain clear and the maximum temperature will start rising up to 40°C.

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