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Many Along Gulf Coast Dropping Storm Preparation

October 6, 2013

By Janet McConnaughey and Stacey Plaisance, AP

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Much of the Gulf Coast is returning to normal as former Tropical Storm Karen lumbers off the extreme southeast coast of Louisiana.

As of Sunday, southeastern Louisiana parishes have lifted evacuation orders, and Plaquemines Parish closed a shelter where more than 80 people had taken refuge Saturday. Officials there don`t expect flooding.

Authorities are reopening flood gates closed Saturday to protect waterways from storm-driven tides. The Coast Guard says vessel traffic resumed at 12:15 a.m. at the mouth of the Mississippi River.

In Alabama, intermittent heavy rain moved across the coast Sunday and winds were brisk, but it wasn`t bad enough to keep tourists off the beach.

In Florida, the state emergency response team returned to normal operations.

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Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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Story image: People play in the surf in Gulf Shores, Ala., Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013. AP Photo/Dave Martin

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