While some residents had to deal with trees falling on their cars and power outages, others made the most of their time as they stepped out in the pleasant weather.
As thunderstorm hit Noida and Gurgaon on the evening of May 21, it brought respite from the high summer temperature. However, it also triggered power outage and fell trees that damaged cars.
In Noida, a tree fell on two cars in Sector 20. Vidyasagar Kumar, a resident of Block D and the owner of the cars, told City Spidey that the incident happened at 6 pm in front of his house.
“The window panes of the cars broke but fortunately, no one was injured. My brother had planted the tree 16 years ago. It’s a coincidence that the tree fell on my car,” he said. The cars were a Tata Safari and Maruti Alto.
An India Meteorological Department official said that there was likelihood of rains and thunderstorm again on the evening of May 22.
The fallen tree in Sector 20, Noida
Meanwhile, Gurgaon witnessed a four-hour long power cut. But that didn’t affect the residents’ pleasant moods.
Out came the bikes and children in parks. Some headed for long drives, making the most of the scanty movement of traffic on the roads.
“The rain was a pleasant surprise and we went out to the park to play. The feeling of jumping in grass full of water was extremely thrilling," said Jyoti Sharma, a resident of Sector 57.
A gang of bikers wasted no time and planned a ride to the Jaipur highway. “We went for awesome bike ride. We just need an excuse to take our bikes and race through the city roads. Today, being a Sunday, the roads were empty and we had fun riding on the smooth wet roads. It’s a weather to die for," says Ishdeep Singh, a resident of Ardee City.
For Vivek Malik, resident of Sector 17, it was double the fun. "It’s my birthday today and I took my wife on a romantic drive. We were listening to old Bollywood duets with tea and snacks at roadside joints."
In some parts of the city, the rain brought down the temperature and the city recorded a minimum temperature of 21.8 degree Celsius.
However, developing sectors were the worst hit due to the storm. Power supply was affected in DLF City Phase I, II and III, Palam Vihar , sectors 56 to 71 and Sector 15.
According to another India Meteorological Department official, the city had received showers for a few minutes in different areas on the night of May 19 but it could not be measured due to the low quantity.