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State-by-State: Isaac Prompts Evacuations, Shuts Down Transit

State-by-State: Isaac Prompts Evacuations, Shuts Down Transit

POSTED: Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - 9:29am

UPDATED: Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - 7:01pm

Much of the central Gulf Coast hunkered down as Tropical Storm Isaac approached Tuesday. Authorities across the region warned residents to be prepared for heavy rain, high winds and coastal storm surges.

Thousands of people in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama are under states of emergency. The storm conjures memories of Hurricane Katrina, which slammed the region seven years ago Wednesday and killed nearly 1,800 people.

A summary of the latest preparations in each state:


-- Isaac is expected to hit New Orleans as a Category 1 hurricane late Tuesday or early Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center said.

-- Flights are being halted out of the New Orleans airport Tuesday and Baton Rouge on Wednesday, authorities said.

-- Bus and street car service in New Orleans and Amtrak 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 4,100 National Guard troops have been activated.

-- 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.

-- Gov. Bobby Jindal urged residents to leave coastal parishes prone to flooding.

-- Twenty-three parishes have declared states of emergency ahead of the storm, Jindal said.

-- Mandatory evacuations have been ordered for St. Charles Parish and parts of Jefferson and Plaquemines parishes.

-- Widespread power outages are expected, said Scott Whelchel, director of the St. Charles Parish Emergency Operations Center.

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

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

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

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


-- A tropical storm warning was in effect in western Florida.

-- People were ordered to evacuate parts of downtown Pensacola and some nearby barrier islands.

-- Pensacola International Airport closed at midnight Monday.

-- Okaloosa County officials called for voluntary evacuations of low-lying areas.

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

-- Thousands of homes and businesses remained without power in Miami-Dade County.

-- 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.

-- Because of Isaac, Republicans delayed their national convention in Tampa to Tuesday.


-- Casino operators in Biloxi and Gulfport must get patrons off gaming floors Tuesday by 10 a.m. (11 a.m. ET) and shut the floors by 4 p.m. (5 p.m. ET).

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

-- Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport will close Tuesday at 11 a.m. (noon ET).

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

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

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


-- A hurricane 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.

-- Passengers flying out of Mobile's airport should check for flight cancellations.


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