Because of Hurricane Delta's potential to cause flooding, wind damage, and power outages, Lafayette Mayor-President Josh Guillory and administrations of all municipalities in Lafayette Parish are encouraging residents to voluntary evacuate ahead of the storm's arrival.

"This voluntary evacuation includes residents who live in low-lying, flood-prone areas, and those who live along waterways where water could rise," says the press release from the Guillory Administration. "It also includes those who have medical needs that require electricity or have serious medical conditions that could require emergency care during the hurricane. Emergency medical services will not be available during the storm."

Residents are encouraged to leave the area by Thursday afternoon.