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Dust storms, rain hit parts of Karachi after harsh heat spell

KARACHI: Various parts of Karachi were hit by a dust storm and received rainfall, with the Meteorological Department saying the rains are likely to stop and storm clouds will dissipate after two to three hours. 

The gusty winds could be seen flying objects around as the dark clouds covered parts of the city. Soon after the weather conditions changed, residents in some areas reported power outages.

The Pakistan Meteorological Department in an alert said Tauktae, after intensifying into an extremely severe cyclonic storm had crossed Gujarat in India last night and weakened into a severe cyclonic storm laying over Rajasthan, India.

“A few dust/thunderstorm-rain spells accompanied with gusty winds of 30-50km/h may occur in Tharparkar and Umerkot districts during next 12 hours,” the advisory said, adding that hot and dry weather will continue on Tuesday (today) in Karachi, Hyderabad, Shaheed Benazirabad, Badin and Mirpurkhas districts.