Heavy rains triggered by a depression over the Bay of Bengal pounded several parts of Orissa on Friday, disrupting normal life and dampening Durga puja festivities.
The depression, which lay centered at about 300 km east-south-east of Gopalpur, is likely to intensify into a deep depression, a senior meteorological official said.
The current environmental condition and numerical weather prediction (NWP) models suggested that the system is likely to move north-westward, he said.
Even as heavy downpour lashed many places since on Thursday, the Met office forecast more rain and thundershower at most areas over coastal Orissa and a few places over interior region.
Heavy to very heavy rainfall was forecast at some places in coastal belt and the Met office advised hoisting of Local Cautionary signal number-III in ports of Orissa.
As sea condition was likely to be rough, fishermen were asked not to venture into the sea. Squally wind with speed reaching 45 to 55 kmph was expected to sweep the coast.
Incessant rains and gusty wind dampened the Durga puja festivities in the region.
The state government had two days ago issued a high-alert in six coastal districts of Ganjam, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak and Balasore and asked the administration to remain prepared to deal with any situation.