Bhubaneswar: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) regional centre here has issued thunderstorm and lightning alert for 13 districts across the state today.
The alert has been sounded for Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Sundergarh, Nabarangpur, Malkangiri, Rayagada, Koraput, Gajapati, Khordha, Puri, Cuttack, Jajapur and Kendrapada.
As per the latest bulletin issued by the MeT centre, thunderstorm accompanied with lightning and light to moderate rainfall is very likely to occur at one or two places over these districts till 2 PM today. This apart, gusty surface wind with speed reaching 30-40 kmph is also likely to prevail in these places.
People in these districts are advised to stay indoors and take shelter in buildings and other safe locations as a precautionary measure.