Severe Weather: Tracking Isaac

  • From Brian Fortier at the Weather Channel:

    Offshore oil rigs reporting wind gusts to 90 mph (anemometer at 200 ft elevation).

    Biloxi flooding: First level of the Palace Casino garage is under water, Popp's Ferry Causeway completely flooded; south side of Broadwater flooded; Beach Blvd from McDonnel to Acadia and in front of the Hard Rock is closed.

    Mobile Flooding: East bound lanes of the mobile bay causeway are closed due to water over the road. 51 mph gust was measured at the bankhead tunnel.

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Russia backs Syrian forces in major assault on insurgents

BEIRUT - Syrian troops and militia backed by Russian jets mounted what appeared to be their first major coordinated assaults on Syrian insurgents on Wednesday and Moscow said its warships fired a barrage of missiles at them from the Caspian Sea, a sign of its new military reach. | Video