Still recovering from last storm, Louisiana braces for Hurricane Delta

(Reuters)-Louisiana steeled for a second on Thursday as Hurricano Delta slips through the Gulf of Mexico into an area only rebounding from a previous storm in a record-breaking string of violent storms.

On Wednesday, Delta stunned citizens and left behind a heap of destroyed trees and broken windows, in the tourist enclaves on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.

On Thursday, winds will rise by 115 miles per hour (185 kmh) across the Gulf of Mexico and on Friday, will smash through Louisiana.

The coming storm has disrupted some of the oil exports and led energy companies to evacuate employees and shut down offshore output of petroleum and gas.

The US Coast Guard alerted shippers from Port Arthur, Texas to Mobile , Alabama of possible gale force winds.

The evacuation was recommended for people of coastal parts of Louisiana and others who stayed beyond the levee defense structure.

The National Hurricane Center said a hurricane warning protects the border from Texas to Louisiana, to Grand Isle, Louisiana.

Luisian Governor John Bel Edwards told the people at the end of Thursday "you must be in your shelter for the rain."

Throughout the state, the officers said, tropical storm conditions could be felt.

If the Delta road moves westward, it can reach the south west parishes of the state, which are still recovering from Hurricane Laura in September.

The Tropical Storm of Christopher whipped Louisiana in June.

Edwards said on Wednesday that about 8,000 people continue to remain in hotel rooms owing to the destruction of houses in the southwestern part of Laura State.

This year's Delta would be the 10th hurricane to allow a U.S. landing on the northern Gulf Coast, overshadowing a record set from 1916.

(Erwin Seba's study in Houston and Anthony Esposito's study in Cancun; Gary McWilliams' report; Leslie Adler's review)

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