Entergy says Hurricane Isaac has knocked out power to more than 450,000 residential and commercial in southeast Louisiana.
The company's website indicates that those included more than 150,000 in New Orleans, about 160,000 in Jefferson Parish, some 15,700 in St. Bernard, about 10,800 in Plaquemines, 27,300 in Lafourche, 16,000 in St. Charles, 16,700 in St. John the Baptist and 17,700 in Terrebonne Parish.
Officials say crews are not able to start repairs until winds drop below 30 or 35 mph, which is likely to be Thursday at the earliest.
The Tangipahoa Parish Council authorized Parish President Gordon Burgess to seek agreements with parish municipalities to remove Hurricane Isaac debris as needed.
Melissa Cowart, who works in Burgess's office, told The Advocate DRC Emergency Services will be retained to offer storm debris removal services in both incorporated and unincorporated areas through December 2013.
Cowart says Amite was the only municipality that did not join in the cooperative debris removal effort.
Athletics director Greg Burke says Northwestern State's four fall sports teams will leave Natchitoches (NAK-uh-tesh) early for weekend games to avoid possible risks from Hurricane Isaac's unpredictable path.
The university will be closed Wednesday through Friday as a precaution. Burke says the football, volleyball, women's soccer and cross-country teams all will leave on Wednesday, a day earlier than planned.
The football and volleyball teams play at Texas Tech in Lubbock, and the other two teams will be in Tulsa.
Weekly housing assistance checks for residents evacuated because of a large sinkhole in Assumption Parish will not be distributed Thursday as previously scheduled.
Hurricane Isaac hit land Tuesday night in Plaquemines Parish and the uncertainty of its aftermath led officials with Texas Brine Co. LLC of Houston to postpone the check distribution. Affected residents receive $875 each week as compensation for the inconvenience.
Isaac is expected to bring with it 50 to 70 mph winds with gusts of 85 mph on Wednesday to the parish, which is under a mandatory evacuation order.