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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.

    (Track Hurricane Isaac at Weather.com)
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Iraqi security forces and Kurds gain ground against Islamic State

BAGHDAD/ARBIL Iraq - Iraqi government forces and Shi'ite militias seized control of the strategic town of Jurf al-Sakhar near Baghdad from Islamic State on Saturday and Kurdish fighters made gains in the north after heavy coalition air strikes against the Sunni militants.