Hailstorm with gusty winds hit State capital

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 Feb 2018 10:35:49

Staff Reporter

A heavy spell of hailstorm accompanied by gusty winds, thunder activities lashed State capital and its adjoining areas on Sunday. Some other places of State also received hailstorm. Hailstorm caused massive damage to agriculture crops, leaving farmers in distress.

Dark clouds were hovering in the sky of State capital from morning hours and it was around 2 pm that hailstorm accompanied by mighty winds and rains hit the city, taking people by surprise. Mighty winds and light showers also joined the hailstorm. People ran for shelter in order to escape from the hailstorm and rainfall.

At least for half an hour, hailstorm and rains pounded the city, disrupting normal life as well as vehicular movement adversely. Within no time, thick white layer of marble sized hailstone marked the roads, lanes of city. Curious people took out their mobile phones to capture the hailstorm and white layer of hail stones dotting the roads, lanes of colonies, etc. It was a matter of joy for them, but for farmers, it was a matter of terrible fate as their crops buckled down under the attack of heavy winds and weight of hail stones. Their heart came to mouth when hail stones started to lash their fields. They know very well that now, they are deep trouble as their crops have been damaged.

Weather Department said hailstorm and rains lashed Bhopal and few other places of State owing to Upper Air Circulation situated in South Pakistan and West Rajasthan.
Duty officer of Weather Department informed that Bhopal recorded rainfall of 13.3 mm, Khajuraho 6.6 mm, Hoshangabad 4 mm, Tikamgarh 2 mm, Umaria 6 mm, Gwalior 1.9 mm, Mandla 1 mm. Jabalpur received a trace of rainfall.
In its warning, Weather Department said, hailstorm is likely in some parts of Gwalior, Chambal and Rewa divisions. Hailstorms are also likely in isolated parts of Betul, Harda, Chhindwara, Narsinghpur, Seoni and Anuppur districts.

Rains along with lightning is likely in Gwalior, Chambal, Hoshangabad, Jabalpur, Shahdol, Rewa, Sagar divisions. Sundry parts of remaining places are also likely to get the rainfall.