This footage shows the storm hitting Jennings, Louisiana, with the uploader writing, "The winds from Hurricane Delta are absolutely insane".
The center of Delta was on track to drift across central and northeastern Louisiana on Friday night and Saturday morning before moving into northern MS and the Tennessee Valley, the NHC said.
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.
The National Hurricane Center is forecasting Delta to make landfall sometime this afternoon and early evening near Cameron, Louisiana as a Category 2 hurricane with winds up to 100 miles per hour.
Arthur Durham, 56, was finishing covering windows at his home with plywood as protection against flying debris.
Satellite image of Hurricane Delta.
The mayor of Lakes Charles, where thousands of residents remain without shelter following the earlier hurricane, told residents that even if their homes survived Laura, they shouldn't assume that would be the case with Delta.
In the city of Lake Charles, flash flood warnings were issued before the landfall. Only seven of the 32 deaths in Louisiana and Texas attributed to Laura came the day that hurricane struck. The storm surge reached 8 feet (2.4 meters) east of Cameron, a sparely populated coastal community devastated by 2005′s Hurricane Rita and Hurricane Ike in 2008.
Delta is now the first hurricane with a Greek alphabet name to make landfall in the continental United States. "I had just put away my daughter's toys".
Category 2 hurricane Delta makes landfall on US Gulf Coast
As the fourth hurricane or tropical storm to hit Louisiana in a year, Delta also tied a 2002 record, Klotzbach said. More than 9,400 people were being sheltered by the state Saturday, but only 935 were Delta evacuees, Edwards said.
"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.
As the fourth hurricane or tropical storm to hit Louisiana in a year, Delta also tied a 2002 record, Klotzbach said. Some heavy rain is possible.
"You can always get another house, another auto, 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.
Delta is the 10th named storm to make landfall in the USA in a single hurricane season, an all-time record. "The current level of 25% of all customers in Louisiana are without power".
"They never had time to recover from Laura and now this next storm is hitting them".
New Orleans, to the east, was expected to escape Delta's worst.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said President Donald Trump approved his request to declare a federal emergency, which frees up federal resources. We could see the chance for localized flooding in some spots, along with a chance of flash flooding on roadways.
Triangle residents will need to look out Sunday for strong leftover rains from Hurricane Delta, which made landfall in Louisiana Friday night and has now weakened to a tropical depression.
The governor's office said it had no reports of deaths early Saturday, but a hurricane's wake can be treacherous.