It marked the sixth time this season that Louisiana has been threatened by tropical storms or hurricanes.
When Delta reaches the northern Gulf Coast, it will be the 10th named storm to make a US landfall this year, eclipsing a record that has stood since 1916.
"We just got lights back on like two weeks ago and then evacuating again". We've about more than doubled what you would see in a typical season and we still have a month and a half left to go in hurricane season.
Arthur Durham, 56, was finishing covering windows at his home with plywood as protection against flying debris.
In the worst-hit areas of Louisiana, storm surge could be nearly four metres above normal, and still be risky in comparatively less severe areas, so damage to coastal infrastructure should be expected.
Delta made landfall yesterday near the coastal Louisiana town of Creole with top winds of 155 km/h.
Ripping tarps from already damaged roofs and scattering debris piled by roadsides, Delta inflicted a new round of destruction on Louisiana as it struck communities still reeling after Hurricane Laura took a similar path just six weeks earlier.
"I just didn't want to leave".
"I'm in a building right now with a tarp on it and just the sound of the tarp flapping on the building sounds like someone pounding with a sledgehammer on top of the building", Hunter said.
As the fourth hurricane or tropical storm to hit Louisiana in a year, Delta also tied a 2002 record, Klotzbach said.
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.
08 October 2020, Mexico, Merida: People walk along a road that was flooded by the heavy rains of hurricane "Delta".
Laura damaged about 95% of the homes and buildings in Lake Charles, and up to 8,000 residents continue to live in temporary housing.
The station said photos of crushed cars and damaged homes were widespread, as well.
By 7am (local time), Delta was centered near the Louisiana-Mississippi state line and barely a tropical storm.
While no deaths have been linked to Delta so far, Edwards noted that storm-related fatalities often occur in accidents, such as falls, during clean-up operations or from carbon monoxide poisoning because of improperly positioned home generators.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said President Donald Trump approved his request to declare a federal emergency, which frees up federal resources.
New Orleans, well east of the projected landfall area, was expected to escape Delta's worst impacts.
Several flood alerts also remain in place, including flash flood warnings in north and central Louisiana, and a flash flood watch for parts of Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee as Delta is expected to bring torrential tropical rains to these areas through Saturday night.
The Louisiana governor's office said it had no reports of deaths early Saturday, but a hurricane's wake can be treacherous.