Louisiana governor John Bel Edwards said: “This is going to be much stronger than we usually see and, quite frankly, if you had to draw up the worst possible path for a hurricane in Louisiana, it would be something very, very close to what we’re seeing.”
Despite weakening as it hit land and being downgraded to a Category 3, there are still measurements of wind gusts up to 200km/h.
President Joe Biden has promised that once the threat is over, his administration will be ready to help those affected.
“As soon as the storm passes we’re going to put the country’s full might behind the rescue and recovery,” he said. “We’re as ready as we can be.”