Hurricane Gustav is moving inland from the US Gulf coast after the worst of the storm missed New Orleans – the city ravaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
The eye of the storm, which has now weakened to Category One hurricane, is bearing down on the Louisiana community of Opelousas, bringing heavy rains.
In New Orleans, the city’s levees are holding surging floodwaters, although sea levels could still rise further.
Some two million people have fled inland from the Louisiana coast.
Gustav, which had left nearly 90 people dead last week as it crossed the Caribbean, made landfall west of New Orleans on Monday.
It is now quickly losing strength and has been downgraded to a Category One hurricane, with winds of 75mph (120km/h), the Florida-based National Hurricane Center (NHC) says.