HOUSTON, Oct. 5 (Xinhua) -- Karen weakened into tropical depression status Saturday night while stalling off the Louisiana coast, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in its latest advisory.
Sapped and waning, Karen lost more of its strength late Saturday. Its center was located about 296 km west-southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River.
With maximum sustained winds falling to 55 kph, below tropical storm billing, Karen has not moved significantly in nine hours. All severe warnings and watches have been abandoned along the Gulf of Mexico.
The Hurricane Center predicted the storm would turn northeast overnight and then east-northeast as it accelerates -- but does not strengthen. That would take it near or over extreme southeast Louisiana on Sunday and just south of the Alabama coast and Florida Panhandle on Sunday night and Monday.
"Little change in strength is forecast during the next 24 hours, and Karen is expected to degenerate into a remnant low by Monday," the advisory said.
Localized coastal flooding remained a threat on parts of the northern Gulf Coast, and one to three inches of rain was likely on the central coast through Monday evening, the Times-Picayune reported.