Residents prepared by filling sandbags and boarding up windows for the sixth time in the last several months. Evacuations were underway.
“It is very clear that Southwest Louisiana is going to get more of a punch from this than we would like to see, for sure, because we’re still trying to recover from Hurricane Laura,” Governor John Bel Edwards said Thursday.
The National Hurricane Center warned that a “life-threatening storm surge” of up to 11 feet is possible in some places.
On Wednesday, the hurricane barreled through the Mexican resort areas of Cozumel and Cancun, where it caused some streets to collapse andto 266,000 homes and businesses.