Bhubaneswar: The local meteorological centre today issued thunderstorm and lightning warning for as many as 16 districts of Odisha.
Thunderstorm with lightning likely to occur in Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Cuttack, Khordha, Puri, Ganjam, Gajapati, Kandhamal, Rayagada, Jharsuguda and Deogarh by 6.30 pm today, a bulletin of the meteorological centre said.
People in these districts have been advised to take shelter in nearby building or other safety locations.
The meteorological centre predicted heavy rains in north Odisha and light to moderate rainfall in several parts of the state in the next 24 hours.
Bhubaneswar Met Director Sarat Chandra Sahu said several parts of the state would experience rainfall in the next 24 hours.