Hurricane Delta rapidly strengthened this week, prompting some parish officials in southern Louisiana to issue voluntary and mandatory evacuations.
Here's a running list of the parishes with voluntary evacuations.
As Hurricane Delta strengthens and heads into the Gulf of Mexico, local officials are putting out sandbags for the public to prepare.
Acadia Parish has issued a voluntary evacuation order for the entire parish and is encouraging residents to evacuate, especially those who live in unstable structures like mobile homes that cannot withstand tropical or hurricane-force winds.
There is currently no local or state shelter open as of Wednesday afternoon. Residents who choose to evacuate should seek shelter with family, friends or at a hotel and prepare their homes accordingly, the evacuation order said.
Acadia Parish Sheriff K.P. Gibson announced the parish is under a dusk to dawn curfew beginning Friday, until further notice.
The Calcasieu Parish Executive Policy Group issued a parishwide mandatory evacuation order Wednesday at 5 p.m. Residents in low-lying areas, without hurricane-safe housing or with medical needs are strongly encouraged to evacuate.
Buses within the Lake Charles city limits are available to provide rides to evacuation shelters. Residents outside the city limits can call 211 for designated ride locations in other areas of Calcasieu Parish. Any residents who cannot independently reach a pick-up location can call 911 and request evacuation assistance, officials said at a 5 p.m. emergency briefing.
Despite the order, residents will be allowed back in the parish once the storm passes, the parish's Hurricane Delta emergency website said.
The parish is also under a dusk to dawn curfew, from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., beginning Thursday. An end date was not designated.
The Cameron Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness has issued a mandatory evacuation for most of the parish effective at 6 a.m. Thursday.
In Hackberry, only areas south of Kelso Bridge must evacuate as water is expected to cover the road.
Areas must be evacuated before tropical storm force winds arrive, which are expected by around 6 a.m. Friday.
Iberia Parish President M. Larry Richard issued a voluntary evacuation order for Iberia Parish and encouraged residents living in low-lying areas along bodies of water, areas vulnerable to storm surge, residences prone to flooding during heavy rain events, residences that are hurricane-safe, as well as residents with special medical or transportation needs, to evacuate as soon as possible.
A mandatory evacuation order was also put in place for parish residents living west of U.S. 90 and south of La. 14. There will be no pre-storm shelters open in the parish, Richard said. Residents in the mandatory evacuation zone should be out by 3 p.m. Thursday. Anyone with questions or who needs assistance adhering to the evacuation order should call the Iberia Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness at (337) 369-4429.
New Iberia has issued a citywide curfew from 10 p.m. Thursday to 6 a.m. Friday and 10 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday.
Mayor-President Josh Guillory and the mayors of all municipalities in Lafayette Parish encourage residents, especially those in low-lying, flood-prone areas or along waterways, to voluntarily evacuate ahead of Hurricane Delta.
Those with medical needs that require electricity or who have serious medical conditions that could require emergency care during the hurricane also are advised to leave. Emergency medical services will not be available during the storm and there is the potential for flooding and loss of electricity.
Guillory, after consulting with area mayors, police chiefs and fire chiefs, has called for a parish wide curfew from 4 p.m. Friday until 8 a.m. Saturday. Only emergency and essential personnel are allowed to travel during the curfew. The curfew may be extended if the situation warrants.
ST. LANDRY PARISH
St. Landry Parish Government called for the voluntary evacuation of residents living in flood-prone areas and mobile homes.
The parish government also announced a parishwide curfew beginning noon Friday through 8 a.m. Saturday. Only essential workers responding to Hurricane Delta’s recovery should be on the roads during this time, a release said.
ST. MARTIN PARISH
Parish President Chester Cedars issued a parishwide curfew beginning Friday at noon through Saturday at 8 a.m.
ST. MARY PARISH
The parish president on Thursday issued a voluntary evacuation for south of the Intracoastal Waterway, including the Cypremort Point and Burns Point areas.
As Hurricane Delta continues to intensify on its path towards the Gulf coast, some Acadiana schools and agencies have announced closures.
Vermilion Parish leaders have issued a mandatory evacuation order for Esther, Forked Island, Intracoastal City, Mouton Cove, Pecan Island, low-lying areas prone to flooding, mobile home residences and areas south of La. 14 including Erath, Delcambre and Gueydan.