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Obama declares Louisiana in emergency as Isaac threatens around Katrina anniversary

(Xinhua)

09:00, August 28, 2012

WASHINGTON, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday afternoon declared Louisiana a state of emergency, as Tropical Storm Isaac is gaining strength to impact the region devastated nearly seven years ago by Hurricane Katrina.

Obama ordered several federal agencies to support the state and local response efforts to prepare for the approaching storm.

Earlier on Monday, Obama called Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley and Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant.

The southern U.S. states of Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama are on high alert on Monday against the threat of Tropical Storm Isaac. The states of Florida, Lousiana and Alabama have all declared a state of emergency over the weekend, for fear that Isaac might repeat the disaster that Hurricane Katrina brought to the Gulf coast just seven years ago.

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