Irene’s Here; Al Qaeda Number Two Reportedly Killed; Salmon Recalled


At about 5:30am, Hurricane Irene–now classified as a weak category 1 storm–reached Egg Inlet in New Jersey. New York City experienced strong winds and rain all morning, yet no major bridges or tunnels were shut down. Power outages plagued the area: 150,338 customers on Long Island, 166,000 in New Jersey, and 57,992 in New York experienced a loss of service. While hundreds of thousands of people in low-lying areas were ordered to evacuate, the city’s shelters, which could accommodate 70,000 people, only had 8,700 evacuees as of last night. Irene was just downgraded to a tropical storm. [NYT]

Abdul Rahman, al Qaeda’s number two operative, was reportedly killed in a drone strike in Pakistan. The 43-year-old Libyan rose through the ranks and became two-in-command after the death of Osama bin Laden. Rahman was one of bin Laden’s trusted confidants and the two communicated when bin Laden was in hiding. [Washington Post]

8,000 packages of smoked salmon are being recalled, CNN reports. Vita Food Products is recalling the fish because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, “which can cause fatal infections to people with weakened immune systems, children and the elderly.” [CNN]