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State by state: Isaac floods, whips coastal regions

By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 11:48 PM EDT, Wed August 29, 2012
Melanie and Philip Martinez Sr. have dinner in daughter Kala's one-bedroom apartment on Saturday, September 8, in Chalmette, Louisiana. Melanie, along with her husband and mother, are staying in Kala's apartment after their home in Braithwaite flooded during Hurricane Isaac. It was the fifth home Martinez has lost to hurricanes in Louisiana. Melanie and Philip Martinez Sr. have dinner in daughter Kala's one-bedroom apartment on Saturday, September 8, in Chalmette, Louisiana. Melanie, along with her husband and mother, are staying in Kala's apartment after their home in Braithwaite flooded during Hurricane Isaac. It was the fifth home Martinez has lost to hurricanes in Louisiana.
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Louisiana: 56 parishes under state of emergency
  • Florida: People are ordered to evacuate parts of downtown Pensacola
  • Mississippi: There are reports of flooding in Hancock and Harrison counties
  • Alabama: Authorities warm of strong winds, high water and storm surges

(CNN) -- Slow-moving Tropical Storm Isaac continues to drench the central Gulf Coast region. Heading into Thursday, thousands of people in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama were under states of emergency.

Get the latest Isaac updates on CNN.com's live blog

A summary of the latest situations in each state:

Louisiana

-- New Orleans on Wednesday declared a dusk-to-dawn curfew.

-- Tulane University has canceled classes for the rest of the week and will resume on Tuesday after Labor Day, according to the university's website.

-- Louisiana State University, in Baton Rouge, will be closed through Thursday, the school said on its website.

-- Entergy officials said they are taking one of their nuclear power plants west of New Orleans offline.

-- State government offices were closed Wednesday and will remain closed Thursday.

-- New Orleans City Hall will reopen next Tuesday.

-- The U.S. Geological Survey said that the Mississippi River flowed backward for nearly 24 hours on Tuesday.

-- The new $165 million Seabrook Floodgate at the north end of the Industrial Canal was closed for the first time for a storm event.

-- Fifty-six parishes have issued emergency declarations.

-- Seven parishes announced mandatory evacuations in their jurisdictions.

-- Plaquemines Parish officials issued a curfew until sunrise Wednesday.

-- The Department of Corrections has moved prisoners from coastal parishes to state prison facilities.

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-- Bus and street car service in New Orleans, and Amtrak and Greyhound service to and from the city have been shut down.

-- President Barack Obama declared a state of emergency, and federal aid is on the way.

-- The Federal Emergency Management Agency is in charge of recovery operations, and more than 5,000 National Guard troops have been activated.

-- The Louisiana National Guard has deployed 48 boat teams and 13 communications teams.

-- New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu did not issue an evacuation order but called for people outside the city's protective levees to leave.

-- The city's pump stations have backup generators ready in case of electrical outages.

-- Crews have been evacuated from oil production platforms and drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico.

-- The Coast Guard has closed the Mississippi River from Baton Rouge to the Gulf of Mexico and will not respond to water emergencies until after the storm passes.

-- Cargo terminals within the Port of New Orleans have ceased operations.

-- The Texas A&M-Louisiana Tech football game, originally scheduled for Thursday in Shreveport, has been postponed until October 13.

-- The New Orleans Saints football team moved its practices to Cincinnati.

-- Gov. Bobby Jindal is skipping the GOP convention in Tampa, Florida, because of the storm.

Florida

-- Coast Guard air crews were searching for a missing person who had been using a personal watercraft off the coast of Pensacola.

-- Isaac caused minor damage as it skirted South Florida.

-- Thirty members of the Florida National Guard were activated, the governor's office said.

-- Aircraft at six military bases were relocated, the Defense Department said.

Mississippi

-- All low-lying areas in Hancock County are flooding, according to local emergency management officials

-- There is "quite a bit of flooding" in Pass Christian, Harrison County emergency management said.

-- There are more than 49,000 customers without power, according to utility companies.

-- More than 2,100 people are in shelters in the state.

-- Truckloads of water, generators and food were staged and ready for distribution.

-- Two gas station owners were arrested for price gouging. The attorney general's office said it has received almost 160 calls related to gas price complaints.

-- The president declared a state of emergency for southern Mississippi and ordered federal aid.

-- Residents can call 211 for information on shelters, assistance and transportation.

-- Mandatory evacuations have been ordered in parts of Hancock and Jackson counties.

-- Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport has closed.

-- A hurricane warning is in effect for the entire coast.

-- About 1,500 National Guard troops have been deployed.

-- Gulfport authorities ordered the port cleared of cargo vessels.

-- More than 80,000 sandbags had been distributed.

-- The Department of Environmental Quality asked residents to report any sightings of oil or oily material to 1-800-424-8802.

Alabama

-- Some 3,000 customers were without power, according to Alabama Power.

-- A tropical storm warning is in effect for the entire coast.

-- Authorities are warning of strong winds, high water and storm surges.

-- Gov. Robert Bentley ordered an evacuation of parts of Baldwin and Mobile counties.

-- Residents in low-lying or flood-prone areas are urged to leave voluntarily.

-- Mobile's airport reopened Wednesday afternoon.

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