Windstorm, thundershowers and foggy weather in Himachal


High-velocity wind storm affected normal lives in the State last night as it grounded the factory walls, shanties, uprooted trees and power cables and broke down windowpanes after the high-velocity windstorm, lightening and foggy weather in the State. Eight nonresident UP workers died at industrial hub Baddi in Solan district last night when a factory wall come over their shanties injuring seven others. Similarly lightening killed about 70 sheep and goats in Bhamour area of Chamba district.


There are reports of uprooting of trees, blowing off roofs and power cables and breaking down of window panels in many places of the state. The state was engulfed by the thick fogs in the morning after heavy rain showers. Nainadevi of Bilaspur got 81 mm rainfall, Jogindernagar in Mandi 70 mm, Gohar 60 mm, Mandi 54 mm, Rampur of Shimla 52 mm, Salooni of Chamba 49 mm, Baijnath 45 mm, Mashobra 44 mm, Sunnibajji Banjar of Kullu and Kandaghat of Solan 42 mm each. Sarahan of Shimla 39 mm, Kumarsain and Bijahi of Mandi  38 each, Bhoranj of Hamirpur 37 mm, Bhuntar of Kullu & Dharampur of Mandi 36 mm each. In Sirmaur district Nahan and Karsog of Mandi 34 mm each, Solan 32 mm, hill station Kasauli 30 mm, Bajaura of Kullu 28 mm, Seobagh & Palampur 26 mm each, Pandoh of Mandi & Bangana of Una 25 mm each, Sundernagar of Mandi and Mehre of Kangra and Paonta of Sirmaur 23 mm each.


The minimum temperature came down drastically to 11.3 degree Celsius in Shimla from 22 degrees of normal temperature, Sundernagar in Mandi 17.2 degree Celsius, Bhuntar in Mandi 15.3 degrees, Kalpa of Kinnaur 8.4 degrees, Dharamshala in Kangra 14.8 degrees respectively. The minimum temperature of Una was 19.5 degrees, Nahan of Sirmaur  14.degrees, Keylong in Lahaul-Spiti 6.2 degrees, Palampur of Kangra 15.5 degrees, Solan 15.7 degrees, Manali 9 degrees, Kangra 17 degrees, Mandi 16.4 degrees, Bilaspur 18.9 degrees and Hamirpur 20.8 degrees respectively.


The Met forecast rain or thundershowers at many places of foothills, mid and high reaches in next 24 hours. IMD also issued of warning that thunder squall would be accompanied with hail likely at isolated places in the mid and foothills during the next 24 hours.

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ML Verma is a Senior journalist, with more than a decade of experience of active reporting for electronic media, news agencies and fast paced online media.

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