Delta was moving southwest of Louisiana around Lake Charles, just 14 miles east of Hurricane Laura in late August.
Lake Charles is in the heart of part of the state known as Cajun Land, a historically French-influenced area.
Local residents told the NBC News folks that they are fed up with the hurricanes this season.
“Emotionally, I think everyone is battered and worn out right now,” a Louisiana resident told NBC News.
Hurricane Laura ripped roofs off many homes and cut trailers in half. About 20 percent of the houses in this area still have blue tarpaulin as temporary roofs after this storm.
In a video posted on Facebook Thursday, Lake Charles Mayor Nic Hunter urged residents to heed evacuation warnings.
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Strong waves and strong winds from the delta had already started along the coast on Friday morning, and forecasters expect these to intensify as the day progresses and into the evening.
In the afternoon, the strongest winds of the storm – the wall around the core of the cyclone – are expected to come ashore with gusts of up to 150 km / h.