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    NEW DELHI/GURGAON: Anxiety blew stronger than the winds on Tuesday, as DelhiNCR braced for the ?storm? that never quite arrived.
    Moderately high winds and light rain did strike the capital later at night, but it hardly lived up to the hype generated in sections of social and mainstream media. Delhi?s disaster management (DDMA) helpline, 1077, kept buzzing through Tuesday morning, not with calls reporting any disaster but people asking when to expect the promised storm.




    ?I have to leave my house in the next one hour. Is the storm finally coming or is it now safe to travel?? asked a caller. ?We don?t know for sure. It is advisable to stay indoors unless absolutely necessary,? replied an operator. ?There have been no reports of any damage anywhere but the phones have been constantly ringing. Most callers want to know the exact time when the storm would start,? said a DDMA official.
    The helpline official said his operators had a tough time answering queries. ?We are not the Met department, how would we know exactly when the storm would strike? Most callers wanted a reassurance that the storm would not come but we can?t give a surety,? he said.
    Attendance was thin at most schools in the capital. ?Since Delhi schools were open in the morning shift, we got a lot of calls in the morning from worried parents asking why we haven?t closed schools. Trying to make them understand that we don?t have the authority to close schools was futile and we had to tell them not to send their child to school if they felt so,? the officer said.

    The helpline was also getting calls neighbouring Gurgaon and Noida. ?We were advising such people to call the disaster management authorities of their respective state,? he said.
    The barrage of information in the media about an impending storm, along with schools getting closed in parts of NCR and a late Monday night squall, had sent anxiety levels soaring in Delhi and neighbouring cities.
    The chain reaction of panic began on Sunday with the Haryana government shutting down all schools for two days, anticipating a big storm. All kinds of advisories followed, including one from an RWA in Gurgaon that urged residents to stock up a month?s dose of medicines.
    Ghaziabad closed all schools and colleges on Tuesday, as did half a dozen schools in Noida. And late on Monday, just as the winds started picking up, power was switched off in all of Gurgaon with all 900 electricity feeders in the city being shut down for an hour between 11.30pm and 12.30am.
    The storm that hit Gurgaon blew at a modest 50kmph and, other than kicking up clouds of dust, passed by in a couple of hours much more calmly than anticipated. In Delhi, the winds were slightly stronger at 64kmph. ?Prepare an emergency kit with essential items for safety and survival?, said the first line of Delhi government?s thunderstorm advisory issued on Monday.
    The long list of do?s and don?ts also contain such reassuring advice as ?crouch down with feet together and head down to make yourself a smaller target? ? this was what you were suggested to do after finding a robust shelter that didn?t have a metal sheet for a roof.

    The disproportionate anxiety might have been provoked by the May 2 storms that had led to 112 deaths in Rajasthan and UP, but it also showed a communication gap between the weather department and the government. The weather department, for instance, had never predicted a very strong storm in NCR ? it had forecast winds speeds of up to 70kmph that eventually ?mellowed down? to 50.
    But expert opinion may have drowned in the surround sound of hyper-caution and government advisories. Images of a monstrous wall of dust looming over Bikaner made Ananya Gaur, a Dwarka resident, believe that the end was nigh. ?The first thing I ensured was that my fridge was well stocked and I had basic food supplies for a week, including bread, butter, eggs etc. After reading the Delhi government?s advisory, I also removed flower pots and all loose items from our balcony,? she said.
    Gaur wasn?t sure if she should go to work on Tuesday but a bright morning made her take a risk. ?I left my daughter at my in-law?s house and left for office. Little did I know that it will be bright and shining the whole day long,? Gaur said. ?It is good that the storm turned out to be a damp squib but at least it could have rained a little and made the weather bearable,? she said.

    Said Chaitali Mandotra, a resident of Sector 52 in Gurgaon, ?Since (Monday) morning, we had been getting all kinds of advisories. Thus, at night, I brought my daughter from her room and made her sleep with me.? Apart from television news channels, newspapers and radio, it was social media that was abuzz with talk about the storm.
    People took to Twitter and Facebook to air their opinion and everyone had the same question ? where is the storm? A message that was widely circulated on WhatsApp summed up the feeling ??Feeling cheated by Met department. Kids are running around at 35km/hr in house, whereas the maximum wind speed for the day in NCR is 13km/hr. What is more dangerous?. ?My sister, who is in Australia, has been asking about our wellbeing on WhatsApp since Monday,? said Rina Bhargava, a resident of Nirman Vihar in east Delhi.
    Anju Sharma, a lawyer and a resident of Sarita Vihar had decided on Monday itself that she will not go to the court on Tuesday as her main concern was that her nonagenarian father and grand-aunt live alone and she would not like to be by themselves if the storm came. ?I changed my mind seeing the weather conditions being the absolute opposite of what had been forecast. However, I returned early from work to be with my parents in the evening, just in case there is a sudden change in weather,? she said.
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