Dubbed "Hurricane Barry", a category 1 hurricane reaching up to 75 mph (120 km/h) winds made landfall around 1pm on Saturday and is sweeping across Louisiana, ONA reports quoting sputniknews.
As the storm began with overnight showers and significant winds, some motorists still managed to brave the weather in spite of warnings of 20 inches (50 centimetres) of rain.
Upon landfall, it was significantly weaker than expected and reduced to a tropical storm, but still resulted in flooding throughout the coast along the Gulf of Mexico.
Around 10 am, the storm was approximately 50 miles (80 km) away from the US coast.
Powerful winds toppling power lines, and 'life-threatening' flooding soon followed throughout the day.