Bhubaneswar: The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) today issued a lightning, thunderstorm, and rainfall warning for 14 districts in Odisha.
The districts that have been put on alert are Malkangiri, Nabarangpur, Khorda, Nayagarh, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Angul, Khurda, Puri, Balasore,Bhadrak, Kendrapara, Jajpur and Dhenkanal districts.
The alert issued by the IMD will remain in effect till 11.15 pm.
“Latest Dopplar weather radar and satellite imageries indicate that thunderstorm accompanied with hail and gusty surface wind speed reaching 50-60 kmph likely to occur over ten districts between 6. 45 pm and 10.45 pm,” a Met release issued this evening said.
The Met Department has advised people in these areas to stay in safe places and avoid venturing out till 11.15 pm.
Meanwhile, it forecasted that scattered rain and thundershowers are expected to continue over Odisha and along the coastline of Andhra Pradesh during the next 24 hours.