After landing in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico as a Category 2 hurricane, the center of the storm is expected to move into the south-central Gulf of Mexico on Thursday and reach areas under the hurricane warning on Friday, according to the hurricane center. It is expected to move inland by the end of Friday, the center said.
The warning covers areas east of the Sabine Pass to Morgan City, Louisiana.
One of the communities facing the impact is Lake Charles, which was left in chaos when Hurricane Laura arrived in August.
Parts of Louisiana could see water up to 11 feet
A strong wave and tide will flood areas near the coast that are usually dry, the center said.
Areas from Pecan Island to Louisiana Harbor Fourchon, including Vermilion Bay, could see up to 11 feet of water, while other areas from Cameron to Pecan Island could see up to seven feet of water.
The Delta could also rain up to 8 inches Friday and Saturday – in parts of the central Gulf Coast to the Mississippi Middle Valley, the center said. As the storm moves further into the country, the Ohio Valley and the Mid-Atlantic could also see several inches of rain.
Cameron Parish – the westernmost parish off the coast of Louisiana – has ordered a mandatory evacuation for the “majority” of the parish, the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness said in a press release. The order takes effect on Thursday morning.
“These are unprecedented circumstances and we realize that many of our residents are still displaced because of Laura,” the office said.
The devastated communities are waiting for another catastrophe
The threat of the hurricane comes just weeks after Hurricane Laura, which devastated southern communities and left 15 people dead.
More than 6,000 displaced by the storm remain in hotels across Louisiana, while another 2,000 are housed in Texas, the governor said.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards says more than 10,000 homes in southwest Louisiana were destroyed during Hurricane Laura.
About 35,000 homes were badly damaged and another 38,000 were moderately damaged, the governor said during a news conference Wednesday.
“This is the reality that many homeowners face as we prepare for Delta,” Edwards said. “Obviously not a very good situation.”
Mississippi and Texas prepare for a storm
Ahead of the storm, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves declared a state of emergency, urging residents to “prepare for the worst.”
“Right now, heavy rain and strong winds are expected to be felt Friday afternoon through noon Saturday across Southwest Mississippi and further north along the Mississippi River,” 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 moves across the Gulf, the state of Texas supports communities along the Gulf Coast and provides the resources needed to respond to this storm,” Gov. Greg Abbott said in a press release.
“Texas on this storm path must continue to heed the guidance and direction of local officials, remain vigilant and remember – Come back, do not drown. We will continue to watch Hurricane Delta and work with our local partners to to Keep Texas Safe. “
CNN’s Robert Shackelford and Kay Jones contributed to this report.