The heavy winds caused the power cut to hundreds and thousands on Saturday.
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.
Following its impact on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula early last week, hurricane Delta tracked into the Gulf of Mexico before bringing sustained winds of 100 miles per hour to Louisiana, hitting an area that continues to recover from the impacts of Hurricane Laura in late August.
It was also reported that the water gets inside homes and cars in the Lake Charles area, including the towns of Iowa and Sulphur in Calcasieu Parish. It's not a test run.
Through Saturday, Delta is expected to produce 5 to 10 inches of rain, with isolated maximum totals of 15 inches, from the southwest into central Louisiana.
Residents in coastal towns appeared to be taking the latest threat seriously.
"I stayed for the last one".
The National Weather Service tweeted a picture showing the University of Oklahoma's mobile radar heading to help with Hurricane Delta in Louisiana.
In the city of Lake Charles, about 30 miles (50 kilometres) inland from where Delta made landfall, rain pelted the tarp-covered roofs of buildings that Hurricane Laura battered when it barreled through in late August and killed at least 27 people in the state.
Associated Press contributors include Melinda Deslatte in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Gerald Herbert in Lake Charles, Louisiana; Kevin McGill in New Orleans; Seth Borenstein in Kensington, Maryland; Russ Bynum in Savannah, Georgia; Leah Willingham in Jackson, Mississippi; and Sophia Tulp in Atlanta. Concerns mounted that Delta's arrival would cause the debris to become airborne and turn into deadly projectiles.
"I know people in Louisiana, especially the southwest, are very strong and very resilient, but they are going to be tested here", Governor John Bel Edwards said at a Thursday news conference.
Here's a look at where storm surge from Hurricane Delta is expected along the Gulf Coast.
"And we've got people who are very exhausted", the governor said.
As the 10th named storm to strike the continental US this year, Delta's arrival snapped a century-old record.
"People of Lake Charles and in Cameron Parish have already suffered enough, and then here comes this one", said Desi Milligan, who owns an RV park in Cameron that was heavily damaged during Hurricane Laura.
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. Within an hour of Delta hitting land, the National Hurricane Centre downgraded it to a Category 1 storm with 150km/h winds. No deaths or injuries were reported there.
"Hurricane Delta has multiplied the hardship on Gulf Coast communities, including families and small businesses still recovering from Hurricane Laura and suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic", said Lisa Alexander, senior vice president of corporate affairs for Sempra Energy.
By 7 a.m. local time, Delta was centered near the Louisiana-Mississippi state line and barely a tropical storm.