The highest storm surge recorded was just over 9 feet along parts of the south-central Louisiana coast.
Residents in parts of the USA state of Louisiana jammed highways as Hurricane Delta spun across the Gulf of Mexico toward a region struggling to recover from the damage inflicted by a hurricane less than two months ago.
Ernest Jack lay in bed trying to sleep as water leaked through the ceiling of his Lake Charles home while Delta marched inland Friday night.
A Louisiana resident, whose home was severely damaged from Hurricane Laura, sits in his front doorway as he waits for the arrival of Hurricane Delta.
"It's raining real hard; it's flooding; the wind is strong", Jack said.
"I was hoping and praying that it didn't get into the house, but it did".
While Delta was a weaker storm than Category 4 Laura, it brought significantly more flooding, Lake Charles Mayor Nic Hunter said. Piles of moldy mattresses, sawed-up trees and other debris still lined the streets. Unsecured trash cans were flying around the streets.
"There is a lot of power lines down all over the place, there's. really deep water in certain spots", said hotel guest Johnny Weaver.
It then moved over Lake Charles, a city where Hurricane Laura damaged almost every home and building in late August. "We were home a good two to three weeks". Schools and colleges canceled classes on Friday in the coastal Texas counties.
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Delta rapidly weakened once it moved onto land, and had slowed into a tropical depression Saturday morning.
When Delta reaches the northern Gulf Coast, it will be the 10th named storm to make a USA landfall this year, eclipsing a record that has stood since 1916. In Texas, there were 104,389 power outages, and in MS there were 80,319 power outages.
The effects of Delta were felt as far as the Galveston Island in Texas, about 100 miles west of where the hurricane made landfall.
Hurricane Laura damaged about 95 per cent of the homes and buildings in Lake Charles, while up to 8000 residents - 10 per cent of the population - remain displaced, the mayor said. The southern part of MS could see heavy rain and flash flooding.
"You can always get another house, another vehicle, but not another life", said Hilton Stroder as he and his wife, Terry, boarded up their Abbeville home on Thursday night with plans to head to their son's house further east. We still have an area to watch right now active out in the main development region of the Atlantic and we just have to stay vigilant I think well, to the end of hurricane season, which is November the 30th, but probably even beyond.
The most recent forecast for Hurricane Delta has the storm making landfall "almost precisely" where Hurricane Laura struck - a region where homes and electrical infrastructure are still damaged, Edwards said in a radio interview.
Hurricane Delta weakened steadily on Friday after churning into a corner of southwestern Louisiana repeatedly battered by storms this year, sending residents scurrying out of harm's way and disrupting Gulf Coast energy production.
As reported, the storm is now expected to move across northeastern Louisiana before moving toward the northern MS and into the Tennessee Valley later Saturday and Sunday.