The wind picks up by the afternoon, gusting up to 35 miles per hour in some spots.
Forecasters reported 2 metres of storm surge east of Cameron, a sparely populated coastal community devastated by 2005's Hurricane Rita and Hurricane Ike in 2008, and warned that some areas could see water reach 3.3 metres above ground along the Louisiana coast.
Super sand sacks are placed Thursday at the top of the exposed and damaged "burrito" levee in preparation for Hurricane Delta storm surge in Grand Isle, Louisiana.
Delta is now the first hurricane with a Greek alphabet name to make landfall in the continental United States.
"They never had time to get back on their feet and they didn't think they could survive the second one", Cathy Evans, 63, said of her daughter's family as she helped them move out of their Lake Charles home.
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. But tropical storm force winds were still likely in the city Friday, and local officials said they were preparing for the possibility of tornadoes.
"I was hoping and praying that it didn't get into the house, but it did". It is a result of over 17 inches of rainfall that took place in Iowa and 16 inches of rainfall in Lake Charles. Piles of mouldy mattresses, sawed-up trees and other leftover debris lined the city's largely vacant streets when Delta arrived. Streets are still littered with debris. "I just put it in the Lord's hands", Jack said, pointing skyward. "I probably don't have a shingle left on the top of this hotel", owner Roberta Palermo said as the winds howled outside. Williams, a 49-year-old teacher, said he had gone two weeks without electricity in the Louisiana heat.
Storm-weary Louisiana assesses damage of Hurricane Delta
The governor's office said it had no reports of deaths early Saturday, but a hurricane's wake can be treacherous. He had gathered food, plenty of water and had covered his windows to protect against flying debris during Delta.
One of her guests was Johnny Weaver, a meteorology student who travelled to Louisiana from Tampa to study the storm. He had been out in the weather with his friends earlier and one friend's auto was stranded in the water. Two homes under construction in Galveston were toppled by winds, as were some trees and signs in the area. "Hundreds of houses had blue tarps on their rooftops, where the earlier storm had blown away pieces of the house". Although winds have diminished dramatically since landfall, the flood threat isn't quite over yet.
The hurricane center is also watching another tropical wave far to the east in the central Atlantic, but it has low chances of becoming a named storm as of Saturday morning.
"The fact that it's weakening should not cause anyone to lose focus or lose vigilance, because this is still a very strong storm", Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said during a news conference Friday as Delta appeared to be losing strength before making landfall.
Delta made landfall Friday evening near the town of Creole, a few miles east of where Laura hit in August, and then moved directly over Lake Charles, a waterfront city where almost every home was already damaged.
But the storm continued bringing heavy rains to the region.
The station said photos of crushed cars and damaged homes were widespread, as well.
The Atlantic hurricane season is not over yet.