NEW ORLEANS — The Flood Protection Authority closed floodgates on Highway 90 in New Orleans East and Highway 46 in St. Bernard Parish at 6 p.m. Friday, ahead of Tropical Storm Barry. 

The agency said that emergency bypass ramps will remain open.

Barry continued to strengthen Friday as it makes its way to the Louisiana coast near Morgan City.  Authorities rushed to close floodgates and raise the barriers around the New Orleans metropolitan area of 1.3 million people.

As of 3 p.m. Friday, 83 Mississippi River gates, 154 other floodgates and 81 valve gates have been closed.

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