After a Category 2 hurricane made landfall on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, the hurricane center was expected to move over the south-central Gulf of Mexico on Thursday and could reach areas under hurricane warning on Friday. It is likely to go inland by the end of Friday, the center said.
The warning was issued in Morgan City, Louisiana, east of Sabine Pass.
After Hurricane Laura landed in August, Lake Charles remained in the lakes.
Some parts of Louisiana can see 11 feet of water
The center said powerful storm surges and tides usually fill areas near the dry coast.
Areas from Peacon Island to Port Forton in Louisiana, including Vermilion Bay, can see up to 11 feet of water, while other parts of Cameroon to Peacon Island can see up to seven feet of water.
The delta is likely to receive eight inches of rain on Friday and Saturday – as far as the Middle Mississippi Valley in some parts of the central Gulf Coast, the center said. As the storm moves further into the country, the Ohio Valley and the Mid-Atlantic can also see several inches of rain.
Cameron Parish – the western parish along the Louisiana coast – has been ordered to evacuate for the “majority” of the parish, the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness said in a news release. The order goes into effect Thursday morning.
“These are unprecedented conditions, and we realize that most of our residents are still homeless because of Laura,” the office said.
The devastated communities are waiting for another disaster
Hurricane threats came just weeks after Hurricane Laura tore through southern communities and killed 15 people.
More than 6,000 vacancies have been in hotels across Louisiana since that storm, and another 2,000 are in Texas, the governor said.
The Louisiana government says John Bell Edwards destroyed more than 10,000 homes in southwest Louisiana during Hurricane Laura.
The governor told a news conference Wednesday that about 35,000 homes had been badly damaged and another 38,000 had suffered moderate damage.
“This is a reality that many homeowners face as we prepare for Delta,” Edwards said. “Obviously, this is not a very good situation.”
Mississippi and Texas are preparing for a hurricane
In the wake of the storm, the Mississippi government declared a state of emergency for Tate Reeves, urging residents to “prepare for garbage”.
“During this time, heavy rain and strong winds are expected to be felt over the southwest Mississippi and north along the Mississippi River on Friday afternoon,” the governor’s office said in a statement Wednesday.
In Texas, the governor announced that the state is preparing resources before the storm to be ready to respond to local communities.
“As Hurricane Delta makes its way through the Gulf, the state of Texas is supporting communities along the Gulf Coast and providing the resources needed to respond to this storm,” Greg Abbott said in a news release.
“Texans on the path to this storm must continue to follow the guidance and direction of local authorities, be careful and remember – turn around, do not sink. We will continue to monitor Delta hurricane and work with our local partners to keep Texans safe.”
Robert Shackford and Kay Jones of CNN contributed to this report.