Sanjeev Kumar Pradhan

Bhubaneswar: The Regional Meteorological Centre has extended the thunderstorm and lightning warning issued for 15 districts in Odisha till 2 pm today.

As per the latest bulletin of the met department, the alert has been issued for Cuttack, Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Keonjhar, Dhenkanal, Anugul, Sambalpur, Jajpur, Bhadrak, Khurda, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Khurda, Kandhamal, Sundergarh, Doegarh  districts.

Some districts will also experience heavy to very heavy rainfall in the next 24 hours, the met department stated in its release.

As per the met department, moderate to severe thunderstorm accompanied with lightening, intense rainfall and strong surface wind very likely to occur at these districts till 2 pm.

People in these districts have been advised to be alert and take shelter in safe places and avoid venturing out till 2 pm.

Earlier the warning was issued for the above districts till 11:45 am.

Also Read: Cyclone Titli: Heavy rain cripples normal life across Odisha

Meanwhile, heavy rain continues to lash Odisha under the impact of cyclonic storm Titli throwing normal life out of gear.

Situation is critical in Ganjam, Gajapati and Balasore districts as several rivers have started to swell due to the incessant rain.

Low lying areas in most of the districts including the twin cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar remained waterlogged due to the heavy rain triggered by the cyclonic storm Titli.