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  • A beachgoer walks in from the shore during a squall in Gulf Shores, Ala., on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013. Weather forecasters said that Tropical Storm Karen had dissipated and was just a low pressure area that will bring rain accumulations of 1 to 3 inches to the Gulf Coast. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

    Storm system Karen dissipates off Gulf Coast

    After days of slowing moving toward the Gulf Coast, the storm system Karen has dissipated.


  • C.J. Johnson pulls a shrimp boat out of the water in preparation for the arrival of Tropical Storm Karen, at Myrtle Grove Marina in Plaquemines Parish, La., Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. National Hurricane Center forecasters expect Karen to be near the central Gulf Coast on Saturday as a weak hurricane or tropical storm. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    Louisiana evacuation order eased as Tropical Storm Karen closes in

    In a sign that concerns in Louisiana are easing over Tropical Storm Karen, officials in one of the state's most vulnerable areas are downgrading an evacuation order from mandatory to voluntary.


  • This image provided by NOAA shows Tropical Storm Karen taken late Thursday night Oct. 3, 2013. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said late Thursday that Karen was about 340 miles (547 kilometers) south of the mouth of the Mississippi River and had maximum sustained winds of 65 mph (100 kph) with higher gusts. The storm was moving north-northwest at 10 mph (16 kph). It could be at or near hurricane strength late Friday and early Saturday, forecasters said, with the center near the coast on Saturday. (AP Photo/NOAA)

    Karen nears hurricane status; White House calls for FEMA

    The government may be in shutdown mode, but White House heads are calling back Federal Emergency Management Agency workers to keep an eye on Tropical Storm Karen as it winds along the Gulf Coast and threatens to reach hurricane status.


  • Indians clean blocked sewerage line to drain out flooded water from a road after heavy rains lashed, in Ahmadabad, India, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013. Massive flooding has forced 15,000 people to evacuate villages in the west Indian state of Gujarat where heavy rains and swollen rivers have inundated cities and closed off roads and railway lines. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

    India floods force more than 15,000 to flee

    Fifteen thousand people who live in the western region of India have been forced to flee massive floods on Wednesday that have closed off roads and railways and swept away untold numbers of structures.


  • Dark clouds associated with Typhoon Usagi hang low over Hong Kong's Victoria Harbor on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

    Typhoon veers from Hong Kong, hits southern China

    The year's most powerful typhoon slammed into southern China on Sunday evening, forcing hundreds of flight cancellations, shutting down shipping and putting a nuclear power plant on alert after pummeling parts of the Philippines and Taiwan with heavy rains and fierce winds.


  • A woman and her child hold their umbrellas tight against powerful gusts of wind as typhoon Usagi approaches in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013. (Associated Press)

    Hong Kong braces for typhoon 'Usagi'

    The most powerful typhoon of the year swept through the Luzon Strait separating the Philippines and Taiwan on Saturday, battering island communities with heavy rains and strong winds as it headed straight for Hong Kong.


  • On Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, St. Vrain Creek in Longmont, Colo., flows past a bridge destroyed in flooding days earlier. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

    Number of missing in Colorado floods drops

    The number of people unaccounted for from Colorado's devastating flooding has fallen dramatically as rescuers reach stranded victims and electricity and phone services are restored to ravaged areas, allowing residents to contact family, friends or authorities.


  • People wade through waist-high water in a store's parking, looking for valuables, south of Acapulco, in Punta Diamante, Mexico, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

    58 more missing after massive Mexico storm

    Mexico's government said 58 people were missing after a massive landslide smashed through a tiny coffee-growing village deep in the country's southern mountains, where fresh waves of rain threatened to unleash more danger for rescue workers trying to evacuate the last residents from the isolated hamlet.


  • A woman is helped off of a military helicopter at the Boulder Municipal Airport in Boulder, Colo., on Monday after being rescued. Thousands of people remained stranded by high water and washed out roads in the state after flooding.

    After the floods, a 'stronger' Colorado

    Colorado officials drew inspiration from the Denver Broncos as they vowed Monday to rebuild the state's infrastructure better than it was after epic flooding destroyed homes, roads and bridges along the heavily populated Front Range.


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