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PHOTOS: Torrential rain floods hundreds of homes in Louisiana

Intense rainfall sparked widespread flooding across southern Louisiana into Friday.

Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency for the entire state on Friday morning as rain continued to stream into the region.

Flooding shut down highways schools on Friday, including Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Nearly 9 inches of rain was reported in Baton Rouge as of late Friday morning.

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Intestate 55 was closed between Kentwood and Roseland in northern Louisiana.

Several parishes around New Orleans were closed on Friday as well.

According to WWLTV, 200 homes flooded in Tangipahoa, just west of Baton Rouge. Those forced to evacuate originally were moved to local churches which then flooded.

More than 6,000 people in the New Orleans area were without power on Friday afternoon.

Police reported multiple incidents of downed trees or debris piling up on roadways. State police said a driver sustained "moderate injuries" after a tree fell onto his car.

They encouraged drivers to stay vigilant and avoid any unnecessary travel.

A pool of moisture moving from the Gulf of Mexico has brought steady, heavy rain to Louisiana, southern Alabama, southern Mississippi and into parts of western Florida.

"Hourly rainfall amounts have been well over 2 inches an hour in the heaviest rain and much of the Louisiana region is already experiencing or expecting flooding," AccuWeather Meteorologist Evan Duffey said.

Water rescues and evacuations were reported in several Louisiana communities. The National Weather Service warned residents of "dangerous and life-threatening flash flooding."

In Central, Louisiana, at least 11 inches of rain was reported.

The Tickfaw River near Liverpool, Louisiana, crested at 13.75 feet on Friday, beating the record historic crest of 13.30 feet from 1983.