The Orissa government on Thursday issued a high alert to six coastal districts over a depression in the Bay of Bengal which is likely to intensify further and make landfall on Friday.
The alert was issued in the districts of Ganjam, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak and Balasore, while others were also asked to keep a vigil, an official at the special relief commissioner's office said.
The depression, which lay centred at about 430 km south-east of Gopalpur, was likely to intensify into a deep depression and move in a north, north-westward direction, local met office director S Sahu said.
The system was likely to make landfall between Goplpur and Paradip tomorrow, Sahu said, adding rain and thundershower would occur at most places over coastal Orissa and a few places in the interior today.
Under the impact of the depression, winds with speeds reaching 45 to 55 kmph would occur along the coast.
The met office advised hoisting of Local Cautionary signal number-III in ports. Fishermen were asked not to venture into the sea as the condition was likely to be rough to very rough. Most parts of the state experienced heavy rains during the day, dampening the Durga puja festivities.