Morning Links: Hurricane Earl May Ruin Your Labor Day Weekend; U.S. Open Begins; LIRR Back to Normal


• Hurricane Earl has strengthened into a Category 2 storm in the Caribbean and may become a Category 4 hurricane by mid-week, possibly ruining your Labor Day weekend on the East Coast. Meanwhile, Hurricane Danielle has weakened and is headed over the Atlantic northeast of Bermuda, causing rip currents at Atlantic-facing beaches. [NYT, CNN]

• President Obama ended his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard and traveled to New Orleans to observe the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina on Sunday. He promised that federal efforts to rebuild the city will not waver. [NOLA]

• Though floodwaters are receding in parts of Pakistan, the government is “seriously concerned” about the potential spread of epidemic diseases, as well as dehydration and malnutrition. [NPR]

• The trapped Chilean miners will have to clear rock as its drilled to create their escape hole. It’s thought that the drilling will not endanger them. [NYT]

• The U.S. Open starts today! [Observer]

• The death of 17-year-old Nicole John, daughter of the U.S. ambassador to Thailand, who fell from the 25-story ledge of a Midtown building early Friday, has been ruled an accident. [NYP]

• Chico’s John Lennon mural at 9 Avenue B has been painted over. [Bowery Boogie]

• LIRR service is reportedly back to normal for the morning rush. [NY1]