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Thunderstorm and lightning alert for 11 Odisha districts

Bhubaneswar: The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) regional centre here issued thunderstorm and lightning alert for 11 districts of Odisha till 4.30 pm today.

The Met office has sounded alert for Gajapati, Ganjam, Kandhamal, Angul, Keonjhar, Dhenkanal, Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Jajpur, Nayagarh and Cuttack.'Moderate thunderstorm, lightning, and light rainfall are likely to occur at one or two places over these districts between 1.30 pm and 4.30 pm today,' the IMD regional office said in its latest bulletin.'Gusty wind speed ranging from 30kmph to 40kmph and light rainfall is likely to occur at one or two places of these districts,' the bulletin added.

Besides, dangerous thunderstorm and lightning alert has been issued for Daringbadi block of Kandhamal district, Mohana, R Udaygiri blocks of Gajapati district and Digapahandi of Ganjam district within 3.42 pm today, informed SRC quoting Earth Network.People in these districts are advised to stay indoors and take shelter in buildings and other safe locations as a precautionary measure. 

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