Karen Dissipates in Gulf

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New Orleans After days of slowly moving toward the Gulf Coast, the storm system Karen has dissipated.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami says that as of Sunday morning, only remnants of Karen remained, and were moving eastward off the coast about 13 mph. Forecasters expect the former tropical storm to continue moving generally east over the next one to two days. Maximum sustained winds remain near 30 mph, with higher gusts, and forecasters say localized coastal flooding could still occur along portions of the coast. Rain accumulations of 1 to 3 inches are expected.

Earlier Sunday, much of the Gulf Coast began calling off preparations and evacuations as Karen weakened and stalled. Intermittent heavy rains moved across the Alabama coast on Sunday morning and winds were brisk, but the weather wasn't bad enough to keep tourists off the beach.

Authorities say dangerous rip currents are still present, and double red flags are flying along the beach to indicate that no one should enter the water.