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COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT EST TONIGHT * WHAT...One to locally two feet of inundation above ground level expected in vulnerable north shore communities of the twin forks of LI, north shore of LI, and north facing LI barrier island communities for today's AM and possibly PM high tides near the waterfront and shoreline. * WHERE...Northwest Suffolk, Northeast Suffolk, Southwest Suffolk, Southeast Suffolk, Northern Nassau and Southern Nassau Counties. * WHEN...Until midnight EST tonight. * COASTAL IMPACTS...Minor to locally moderate flooding is expected in the most vulnerable locations near the waterfront and shoreline. Expect around 1 to locally 2 feet of inundation above ground level in low lying, vulnerable areas. A few to several roads and low lying property including parking lots, parks, lawns and homes/businesses with basements near the waterfront will experience shallow flooding. A few cars may take on water and be damaged if not moved. * SHORELINE IMPACTS...3 to 5 ft surf likely for north shore of LI and north shore of south fork shorefront with Sat AM tides, which will likely cause beach erosion and possibly minor damage to shoreline structures. Along the oceanfront, surf should build to 4 to 8 ft tonight into Sun AM, with scattered dune erosion impacts during those tidal cycles. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Minor to locally moderate coastal impacts are possible for the same north shore communities of the twin forks of LI, north shore of LI, and north facing LI barrier island communities for this evening's high tides as well. There is potential for more widespread minor coastal flooding along the southern and eastern bayfront communities of Long Island with the Sunday morning high tide.

Syrian PM Survives Car Bomb

A car bomb in central Damascus is the latest assassination attempt on PM Wael al-Halqi's life.

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The Prime Minister of Syria recently survived an attack on his political convoy. The Syrian state media reported that Wael al-Halqi’s convoy was attacked in central Damascus. "The terrorist explosion in al-Mazzeh was an attempt to target the convoy of the prime minister. Doctor Wael al-Halqi is well and not hurt at all," reported state television.

An explosive device was left in a parked vehicle and was detonated as the Prime Minister’s convoy drove by. "In the past few weeks we've seen the government making gains on the ground, so this seems more of a defiant move to show the government the rebels are not giving up," said Rula Amin, reporting from the site.

A bodyguard was apparently killed in the explosion, with another injured. A driver was also injured. Both men remain in critical condition. Al-Halqi’s camp released a statement saying "these types of attacks are nothing but proof of the discouragement and despair of the terrorist groups as a result of the actions of the Syrian army".

The bombing was captured on camera and showed images of the car burned beyond recognition. Al-Haqi has long been a supporter of the United States in its crusade against terrorism and has been the target of fundamentalists and terror groups from within. “We are partners in fighting terrorism,” al-Haqi said in a recent interview.