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(CNN) -- Hurricane Ivan came ashore early Thursday near Gulf Shores, Alabama, and was felt all along the Gulf Coast.

Here is a state-by-state breakdown of Hurricane Ivan's impact.

Alabama

The storm knocked out power to some 825,000 residences and businesses serviced by Alabama Power, according to a release on the company's Web site.

In Baldwin County, where Gulf Shores is located, and parts of Monroe County, all of Baldwin Electric Membership Cooperative's 56,000 customers were without power, according to the company's Web site.

Florida

Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said tornadoes killed six people in Bay and Calhoun counties in the Florida Panhandle where Ivan's outer bands swept ashore. In Santa Rosa County, emergency management officials said a young girl in Milton died when a tree fell on her house

More than 364,000 Gulf Power customers were without power, according to the company's Web site.

West Florida Hospital in Pensacola sustained heavy damage on a section of medical offices, spokeswoman Kathy Houser said. Patient wings were not damaged, she said, and the building is structurally sound. Three other hospitals in the Pensacola area also were damaged.

Officials in Jackson County, west of Tallahassee, early Thursday reported several major thunderstorms had ripped through the panhandle town of Marianna, resulting in an unknown number of tornadoes and damaging an industrial park, a federal prison and four mobile home parks.

According to Laura Mager with Jackson County Emergency Management, at least 30 mobile homes were heavily damaged.

Georgia

One person was killed in southwest Georgia when a tree fell on their car Thursday afternoon, possibly the result of a tornado, Franklin County Emergency Management Director Jones Beasley said.

The outer bands extended as far east as Atlanta on Thursday afternoon, where jetliners at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport were grounded by high wind, and some neighborhoods in the city were flooded.

Louisiana

The storm knocked out power to 56,000 homes and businesses across southeast Louisiana, according to a Nicholas Stahl, a spokesman for the state emergency operations center.

Still, there was relief in New Orleans.

"This storm passed within 70 miles of the mouth of the Mississippi. Anybody that has any doubts about whether they should have evacuated should look at the news and see what happened in Mobile and Pensacola and that's what we avoided," Mayor C. Ray Nagin said.

Most of New Orleans lies below sea level and is protected by a series of levees. Nagin noted that the type of flooding that occurred in Florida and Alabama might very well have put New Orleans underwater.

Mississippi

About 75,000 people were told to leave Harrison County, one of three counties along that state's Gulf Coast. Residents in parts of Jackson and Hancock counties were also ordered to leave, but no figures were available for those areas.

Mississippi Power reported 70,000 of its 193,000 customers were without power Thursday on the Gulf Coast.


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