Parts of the state were already severely storm-damaged from the more powerful Category 4 Hurricane Laura, which ripped through homes and uprooted trees when it hit on 20 August. Right after we went back home after Laura, we have to leave again for Delta.
As of Friday at 10 p.m. ET, more than 217,000 Louisianans are without power from the storm, along with almost 100,000 in Texas.
The biggest oil refinery in America had several key production units knocked out as Delta raged, according to people familiar with operations who asked not to be identified.
Hundreds of thousands of residents were left without power after Delta made landfall as a Category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 161km/h on Friday near the town of Creole.
By Saturday morning, Delta had been downgraded to a tropical storm with maximum 40 miles per hour winds. His windows were covered to protect against flying debris.
Satellite image of Hurricane Delta.
It then moved over Lake Charles, a city where Hurricane Laura damaged almost every home and building in late August.
In Galveston, Texas, about 100 miles (160 kilometres) from where the centre made landfall, winds toppled trees, street signs and two homes under construction, and with dunes flattened by earlier storms, the surge reached beneath raised houses.
Michael Roberson, 46, is framed by debris from Hurricane Laura, as he watches the arrival of Hurricane Delta from his doorsteps in Lake Charles, Louisiana, US, October 9, 2020.
With Delta, the 2020 hurricane season creeps closer to uncharted territory.
"I just didn't want to leave".
Hurricane Delta hits battered Louisiana coast
As the fourth hurricane or tropical storm to hit Louisiana in a year, Delta also tied a 2002 record, Klotzbach said. The governor's office said it had no reports of deaths early Saturday, but a hurricane's wake can be treacherous.
"The last one was the worst one, this one can not be worse", said Olmsted, who works for an electrical utility and lives with her boyfriend.
The storm may even remain above the hurricane or tropical storm threshold for a fair bit of time as it moves inland, and its moisture-laden remnants will roam deep into the North American continent. The southern part of MS could see heavy rain and flash flooding.
This is the 10th named storm to make United States landfall so far this year, breaking a record that has stood since 1916.
"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.
This week marked the sixth time of the current season that Louisiana has been threatened by tropical storms or hurricanes. Tropical Storm Marco fizzled as it hit the southeast Louisiana tip just three days before Laura struck.
And in Mississippi, Gov. Tate Reeves declared a state of emergency like his counterpart Edwards did in Louisiana.
New Orleans, well to the east of the projected landfall area, was expected to escape the worst of Hurricane Delta.
As the storm surge began to swell ocean tides along the Louisiana coast on Friday evening, flooding could be seen in some areas of the state, including in the town of Delcambre.
"Rapid weakening is expected overnight and Saturday", the NHC said.
Tropical Storm Delta will continue moving through the lower Mississippi Valley through Saturday afternoon, then the Tennessee Valley late Saturday and Sunday.