4:51 AM CDT, August 30, 2012
New Orleans, La.
Slow-moving Tropical Storm Isaac continues to drench the central Gulf Coast region. Thousands of people in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama are under states of emergency.
A summary of the latest situations in each state:
-- Up to 3,000 people are being evacuated or rescued west of New Orleans in St. John Parish, officials say
-- 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.
-- More than 770,000 customers are without power, according to utility companies.
-- State government offices 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.
-- The Department of Corrections has moved prisoners from coastal parishes to state prison facilities.
-- 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.
-- 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.
-- Coast Guard air crews searched 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.
-- 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 nearly 63,000 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 was closed on Wednesday.
-- Numerous flights are listed as canceled through at least midday Thursday.
-- 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.
-- There are 780 customers without power, according to Alabama Power.
-- Forecasters are warning of gusty winds and additional rain.
-- More than 800 people remain in shelters, emergency management officials say.
-- Gov. Robert Bentley ordered an evacuation of parts of Baldwin and Mobile counties.
-- A number of roads remain closed in coastal communities, officials say.
-- Mobile's airport reopened Wednesday afternoon.
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