AMC Closing New Orleans & Baton Rouge Theaters As Tropical Storm Barry Approaches

ABC Action News tracks tropical developments in the Atlantic

The real danger, he said, is not the wind but the rain.

Barry's sustained winds Friday were 65 mph, per Accuweather; when its winds hold at 75 mph or more, the storm will be classified as a hurricane. New Orleans residents were bracing for a rise in water of up to 5 feet.

A hurricane warning was in effect along the Louisiana coast, with forecasters predicting landfall as a hurricane by early Saturday.

Mandatory evacuations were imposed in flood-prone coastal areas of two neighboring parishes south of the city. They piled up "stoplogs", or metal beams, and topped them with sheet metal to add height to Harvey Lock, a break in the levee across the river from the city's Lower 9th Ward, which was all but wiped out during Katrina.

The forecast shows Barry making landfall as a tropical storm.

However, officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which maintains the levees, insisted that no significant breaching of the 20-foot-tall levees in New Orleans was likely. "They're created to hold this pressure".

"Just those impacted by the storm have gone through the necessary emergency procedures to evacuate personnel and prepare for the worst", Louisiana Oil & Gas Association President Gifford Briggs said exclusively on FOX Business' "The Claman Countdown" Friday.

While 10,000 people or more in exposed, low-lying areas along the Gulf coast were told to leave, no evacuations were ordered in New Orleans, where city officials instead urged residents to "shelter in place" starting at 8pm.

The city, which was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, is now under a tropical storm warning.

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Hurricane warnings are up for most of the Louisiana coast as the weather system has already brought unsafe storm surge, heavy rains and gusty winds to cities.

Tanya Gulliver-Garcia, of New Orleans' Broadmoor neighborhood, had a planned trip to NY, with a flight out Friday evening.

The storm was about 85 miles southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River late Thursday.

Barry's downpours could prove to be a severe test of the improvements made to New Orleans' flood defenses since the city was devastated by Katrina in 2005.

"We're trying to evacuate and get all of our family members up and go to St. Bernard Parish", he said.

"The water over land actually helps the storm", Kevin Trenberth, a senior scientist at the US National Center for Atmospheric Research, a federally funded office, said about the double-whammy.

The level of Lake Pontchartrain, an estuary on the city's northern flank, rose by 3 feet on Friday, triggering the closure of a flood gate on a canal that breached during Katrina, said Derrick Boese, chief administrator for the local flood control agency.

All over town, people parked their cars on the city's medians - referred to around here as "neutral grounds" - in hopes their vehicles would be safe on the slightly elevated strips. "We're going to have all three".

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