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24K without power as Isaac swipes Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Utility companies say more than 24,000 south Mississippi homes have lost power as Hurricane Isaac moves through the northern Gulf of Mexico.

Most of the outages Wednesday are in areas of the three coastal counties of Jackson, Harrison and Hancock.

The Electric Power Associations of Mississippi reported 15,300 customers without power. Southern Co.'s Mississippi Power unit reported 7,600 customers without power and Entergy Corp. has 1,500 customers without power.

Other scattered outages were reported in portions of south Mississippi north of the coast.

Isaac was beginning a slow, drenching slog inland from the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday, pushing water over a rural Louisiana levee and stranding some people in homes and cars as the storm spun into a newly fortified New Orleans.

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