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Severe thunderstorms to hit Kolkata in next 24 hours

Kolkata: Kolkata and a few South Bengal districts may witness thundershowers in the next 24 hours, the Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore predicted on Friday.
A hailstorm had lashed different parts of North Bengal on Friday disrupting normal lives. Incidentally, on Friday afternoon, a middle-aged man whose identity is yet to be confirmed died after a branch of a banyan tree fell on him at New Farakka area of Murshidabad. According to police, the victim was walking along the street when strong winds were blowing in the area. In another incident, three people have reportedly been electrocuted to death in North Bengal.
There were incidents of power disruption in various parts of North Bengal on Friday. Several roads were blocked due to the felling of trees leading to traffic congestion in certain parts. Some parts of North Bengal received hailstorms for the past two days at a stretch. Jalpaiguri's Malbazar, Chapadanga, Chengmari areas have been experiencing heavy hailstorms since Thursday.
According to prediction, besides Kolkata, the thunderstorm may hit the districts like North 24-Parganas, South 24-Parganas, Howrah, Hooghly, Birbhum, Bankura, East Midnapore and West Midnapore. A portion of the city's sky remained overcast on Friday morning.
The city dwellers may get a relief from the scorching summer on Saturday due to thundershowers and rain that might hit Kolkata on Saturday. Citizens in the metropolis were in much discomfort owing to high relative humidity for the past few days but rainfall which is expected on Saturday will bring the much-awaited relief.
According to a senior official of the Regional Meteorological Centre, a low-pressure trough has been extending from Eastern part of Bihar up to Bengal which may bring the rainfall.
According to an expert, the storm may blow in South Bengal districts at a speed of 50-60 km per hour accompanied by rain due to a huge moisture incursion from the Bay of Bengal. These conditions will lead to showers in the region. The MeT department on Friday forecast heavy rain in sub-Himalayan West Bengal for the next few hours.
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