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Red flags warn swimmers to stay out of the Gulf of Mexico as a squall from Tropical Storm Karen moves offshore at Gulf Shores, Ala., on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013. The beaches remained open, but authorities said dangerous underwater rip currents made the waters too dangerous to enter. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)

Tropical Storm Karen

Much of the Gulf Coast was returning to normal Sunday as the storm Karen, downgraded to a tropical depression, lumbered off Louisiana's extreme southeast coast.

The storm threatened to unleash heavy rains on low-lying areas, but southeastern Louisiana parishes had lifted evacuation orders, and Plaquemines Parish closed a shelter where more than 80 people had taken refuge Saturday. (Associated Press)