Bhubaneswar: The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) regional centre here today issued thunderstorm and lightning warning for 18 districts of Odisha till 7.45 pm.
The Met office has sounded alert for Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Bhadrak, Puri, Dhenkanal, Jajpur, Kendrapara, Khurda, Nuapada, Baragarh, Balangir, Sonepur, Boudh, Sambalpur, Koraput, Rayagada, Gajapati and Ganjam districts.
“Latest Doppler weather radar and satellite imageries indicate that moderate thunderstorm accompanied with lightning and rainfall is likely to occur over these districts till 7. 45 today,” a statement of the Met office said.
The weatherman cautioned people in these districts to stay indoors and take shelter in buildings and other safe locations as a precautionary measure.