Bhubaneswar: The India Meteorological Department has issued a warning saying moderate thunderstorm with lightning and intense spells of rainfall may occur in 19 districts till 5.30 pm today.
“Moderate thunderstorm with lightning & intense spells of rainfall likely to occur at one or two places over the districts of Deogargh, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Baragargh, Sonepur, Boudh, Nayagargh, Angul, Keonjhar, Dhenkanal, Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack, Khurda and Nayagarh between 21/1430hrs IST and 21/1730 hrs IST,” said the latest IMD bulletin.
People of these districts have been advised to remain alert during the period.
Meanwhile, the southwest monsoon hit Odisha coast today.
IMD senior scientist Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said that within the next 72 hours, the entire State will experience rainfall. Initially, southern part of the State like Gajapati, Kandhamal, Boudh, Kalahandi districts will witness severe rainfall today and spread to the rest of the parts of Odisha, subsequently.