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Karen falls to a tropical depression off Louisiana

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A stiff breeze blows palm trees along the coast in Gulf Shores, Ala., Saturday. Forecasters lifted tropical storm watches along the Alabama coast but surf conditions are still dangerous.

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Lynn Walls of Shepherdsville, Ky., collects shells as a big wave churned up by Tropical Storm Karen crashes into a seawall at Dauphin Island, Ala., on Saturday, Oct. 5. Tropical Storm Karen continues to move toward the northern Gulf Coast and is expected to decrease in speed as it brings rain and potential flooding to the U.S.

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Rhonda Etienne of Davant, La., holds her niece Nevaeh Etienne, three months, in an evacuation shelter in Belle Chasse, La., in anticipation of Tropical Storm Karen, Saturday, Oct. 5. The East Bank of Plaquemines Parish has been under a mandatory evacuation, which has been downgraded to a voluntary evacuation.

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Tropical Storm Karen stalled Saturday afternoon in its move toward the Gulf Coast but still threatened to bring heavy winds and high rains. Officials from Louisiana to northwest Florida acknowledged that the storm was weakening and sent some emergency workers home, but urged residents to be cautious.
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    • A stiff breeze blows palm trees along the coast in Gulf Shores, Ala., Saturday. Forecasters lifted tropical storm watches along the Alabama coast but surf conditions are still dangerous.
    • Lynn Walls of Shepherdsville, Ky., collects shells as a big wave churned up by Tropical Storm Karen crashes into a seawall at Dauphin Island, Ala., on Saturday, Oct. 5. Tropical Storm Karen continues to move toward the northern Gulf Coast and is expected to decrease in speed as it brings rain and potential flooding to the U.S.
    • Rhonda Etienne of Davant, La., holds her niece Nevaeh Etienne, three months, in an evacuation shelter in Belle Chasse, La., in anticipation of Tropical Storm Karen, Saturday, Oct. 5. The East Bank of Plaquemines Parish has been under a mandatory evacuation, which has been downgraded to a voluntary evacuation.
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