Strong winds of up to 98 km per hour accompanied by rains hit the West Bengal capital this evening as a northwester swept the city uprooting trees and affecting traffic movement, officials said
"A nor'wester hit the city with a gale force of 98 km per hour around 7.42 pm," Regional Meteorological Director G K Das said.
Police said a large number of trees were uprooted across the city, throwing traffic movement out of gear, police said.
Electrical fires were reported from various parts of the metropolis, a fire department official said.
He said that a fire at Ballygunge Circular Road was brought under control with the help of seven fire tenders.
People returning home after work faced traffic jams and snarls.
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