Dramatic aerial photos show devastation in Louisiana after Hurricane Delta
The Okaloosa County sheriff’s office said that witnesses went in to help the tourists in Destin, Florida, but also struggled with the rough waves before they were rescued by lifeguards.
Delta on Friday and Saturday moved over Lake Charles, a city where Hurricane Laura damaged nearly every home and building in late August.
Aerial photographs showed the destruction around Creole, with roofs torn from buildings and communities surrounded by floodwater.
John Bel Edwards, the governor of Louisiana, said the storm dumped more than 15 inches of rain on Lake Charles over two days, and more than 10 inches on Baton Rouge.
Edwards said 3,000 Louisiana National Guard soldiers were called up to clear roads and distribute meals and tarps.
An estimated 380,000 people were left without power on Sunday.
Delta rapidly weakened once it moved onto land and slowed to a tropical depression on Saturday.
Forecasters warned that heavy rain, storm surge and flash floods continued to pose dangers from parts of Texas to Mississippi.
Remnants of the storm could also spawn tornadoes in Tennessee Valley into Sunday, and flash floods could hit the southern Appalachians.
On Sunday evening the National Hurricane Center said that Delta “continues to be a heavy rainfall threat into this evening.”