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Entergy’s utility companies in Louisiana are continuing to monitor Tropical Storm Isaac and are preparing for its potential impact on the City of New Orleans and the state.

Jefferson Parish has declared a State of Emergency in advance of the effects of Tropical Storm Isaac, the parish said in a press release.

Parish President John Young signed the emergency declaration earlier this afternoon, and the parish's Emergency Management office will be closely monitoring the storm, the parish said.

All pump stations requiring manning will be fully staffed for the duration of the storm and its aftermath.

National Hurricane Center

Evacuation has begun on Louisiana's only inhabited barrier island as Tropical Storm Isaac's path moves west.

Evacuations were also ordered Monday for about 2,000 Plaquemines Parish residents.

Gov. Bobby Jindal called a state of emergency, suggesting people leave low-lying parts of 15 coastal parishes where the National Weather Service called a hurricane warning. He says that if Isaac remains a threat to Louisiana, he may skip the Republican National Convention.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says he's considering skipping his speaking engagement at Republican National Convention because of Tropical Storm Isaac.

Jindal said at a news conference Sunday afternoon that he wouldn't leave his state while it's threatened by the storm. Around the time he spoke, a hurricane warning was issued for parts of the state east of Morgan City, which includes the New Orleans area.

He also called a state of emergency in Louisiana and suggested that people leave low-lying parts of coastal parishes.

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots officials have declared a mandatory evacuation of its barn area in advance of Tropical Storm Isaac, which is expected to become a hurricane as it moves into the northern Gulf of Mexico.

The evacuation applies to about 700 horses currently stabled at Fair Grounds, as well as all workers.

St. Charles Parish has declared a state of emergency due to the approach of Tropical Storm Isaac.

Parish President V.J. St. Pierre Jr. signed the order at 10:15 a.m., according to a press release from the parish, in advance of expected 105 mph winds, higher gusts, and storm surges between six and eight feet beginning Monday night and into Tuesday.

National Weather Service

Rainfall probability graphics from the National Weather Service.

Stay tuned for updated information as it's provided by the NWS.

The federal government says oil and gas operators continue to evacuate offshore platforms and rigs in Tropical Storm Isaac's likely path through the Gulf of Mexico.

Isaac is expected to become a Category 2 hurricane before making landfall Wednesday.

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement says 39 production platforms and eight drilling rigs have been evacuated. That's about 6.5 percent of the 596 manned platforms and 10.5 percent of the 76 rigs operating in the Gulf of Mexico.

Plaquemines Parish crews hustled to the levees that protect the low-lying New Orleans suburb and St. Charles Parish closed schools through Wednesday as Tropical Storm Isaac's path moved west.

It's expected to become a Category 2 hurricane before making landfall somewhere from east of Morgan City to the Florida Panhandle.

Plaquemines, Jefferson and St. Charles parishes all have declared a state of emergency. St. Charles Parish is stocking all sandbag locations; people will need to bring their own shovels to fill bags.

National Hurricane Center

Note: The time of the tropical cyclone's center location at the bottom of the graphic will be 3 hours earlier than the time of the current advisory. The forecast cycle for each advisory begins 3 hours prior to the issuance of the advisory.