Kolkata: Two squalls in a span of 30 minutes accompanied by thunder, lightning and rain lashed Kolkata on Friday afternoon, uprooting trees and disrupting traffic movement.
The squall, accompanied by moderate rain in different parts of the city, led to a fall in temperature from 32.4 degree Celsius to 25.5 degree Celsius.
The one-minute-long squall, with a wind speed of up to 92 km per hour, was preceded by another 56kmph gust, Regional Met director G K Das said. One with a wind speed of around 56 km/ hour at around 3.30 pm and another at 92 km/ hour both of which lasted for a minute each. There was also moderate rainfall.
Almost 25 trees in the city fell, particularly in North and Central Kolkata and Park Circus in South Kolkata. A number of cars were damaged including two at Ganesh Chandra Avenue when part of a huge tree collapsed.
However, there was no report of any injury owing to the storm. A part of an old building caved in at Mandirtala while the electronic equipment at the office of Howrah Rural police district was damaged because of lightning.
The weather office has also predicted moderate showers accompanied by thunderstorms in Howrah, Hooghly and East Burdwan in the next 24 hours. The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) recorded maximum rainfall in Palmer Bazar-29.21 mm, New Market 22.86 mm, Dhapa 38.21 mm, Ballygunge 23.4 mm.