Karen scatters; no rain, no threat

Tropical Storm Karen’s remnants dissipated and scattered over the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday, delivering little more than a light breeze to the New Orleans metro area, which enjoyed clear, sunny weather.

Evacuation orders were rescinded, hurricane risk structures managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers were reopened and the city, which had been under a state of alert, returned to normal.

The National Weather Service issued its final advisory on Karen at 10 a.m, describing the center of the storm as “no longer well defined” and saying maximum winds in the remnants of the storm were approximately 30 mph.

Those remnants drifted east, peppering northern Florida and Georgia with heavy rains as Louisiana stayed in the clear.

As of 6 p.m., not a single drop of rain had fallen at New Orleans International Airport.

All tropical storm warnings were removed and the Corps of Engineers opened two hurricane risk structures that had been previously closed.

The Inner Harbor Navigation Canal-Lake Borgne Surge Barrier Gulf Intracoastal Waterway sector gate and Bayou Bienvenue lift gate were opened as well as the Seabrook Floodgate Complex.

The corps said it intended to open the barge gate at the Canal-Lake Borgne Surge Barrier on Monday.

In Plaquemines Parish, all evacuation and curfew orders were lifted at 9 a.m. and the Belle Chase Auditorium, which was being used as a shelter, closed.

Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman said all of the 432 inmates, who had been transferred to other parts of state as preparation for the storm, had been returned.