05/09/2017 Newsround


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Hello everyone, I'm Hayley.

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Welcome to Newsround on Tuesday afternoon.

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After 12 years with no major hurricane, America may end up having

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two in just a few weeks.

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Last month, Harvey hit Texas.

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Now Hurricane Irma is expected to arrive in Florida by the weekend.

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Look at this, a research plane flying directly through the storm.

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Phil Avery is our weather reporter and he's told us it's now

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a category five storm, the strongest there is.

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Over the past few days, I have kept a very close eye

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on Hurricane Irma as it's gradually worked its way through the Atlantic.

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Whilst it's been at sea, no big problems.

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But now it's much closer to all of these Islands and the eastern

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end of the Caribbean.

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The next couple of days I think it's going to move further to the west.

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By Wednesday, it will be very close to Puerto Rico.

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Then on Thursday, it will come very close to the north of both Haiti

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and also the Dominican Republic.

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Whilst it's close by, the hurricane will give winds of 150mph.

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There will be torrential rain so a lot of flooding.

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Some people will lose power and their phones,

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some may even lose their homes.

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Scientists think they've figured out why a big group of whales got

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stranded on Britain's coast last year and it's all to do with space.

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Ricky's got this one.

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They might look amazing but these solar storms caused a lot of trouble

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for a group of whales.

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Last year, 29 young whales were stranded on the coasts

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of northern Europe and nobody could work out why.

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But now scientists think it could have been down to large

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solar storms caused by the sun which are known

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as the Northern Lights.

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These storms in space could have affected the way the sperm whales

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navigate through the ocean.

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That's why they got lost in shallow waters and beached themselves.

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Beaching is when whales get struck on sand and can be very dangerous.

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It can happen for lots of different reasons.

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For these sperm whales it was down to the solar storms.

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But some whales become stranded because they're sick or injured

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and are pushed inshore by currents.

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It's thought changes in the environment could cause them

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to behave differently too, if food stocks are low,

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if temperatures are particularly high or low or if their environment

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has become polluted.

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Sometimes it's just down to mistakes.

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They can sometimes lose their way into shallow waters by accident

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whilst travelling to warmer waters to mate.

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Whales are very sociable creatures and often travel

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in large pods or groups.

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Marine scientists think that if one is affected by any of these things

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then others travelling with it will copy them, which

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could be what happened to the sperm whales last year.

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Some of you went back to school today, some are back tomorrow.

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Others started last month.

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Starting high school is one of the most exciting and most

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nerve-wracking times in our life so what's that actually like?

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Here's what our year sevens told our new starters.

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I think the school was a lot bigger than it actually is.

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Yeah.

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It's different, it's not the same as primary school

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and then moving school, it's just nervous.

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I found out I was going to a different high school

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than all any other friends, no one from my primary

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was coming to my high school so I was a bit nervous.

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In primary school, you're in the same sweaty classroom all day.

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As well, you never had food tech in primary school

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and I absolutely adore cooking food.

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I know how to make cakes and all that.

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It's like moving house because you're like you don't know

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and you have to make new friends, you have to leave old friends

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and sometimes you can still stay in contact but it's just a bit hard.

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I was scared I wouldn't make friends and once I made friends

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I was like going later.

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It's like huge and you think I am going to get lost,

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I don't know where I am going to go.

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Now I could probably find my way around with my eyes closed.

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Although I have made some more friends I really miss my other ones

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that didn't come with me.

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I don't know, just miss them.

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My brother and my two cousins were there.

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I knew that they would look after me.

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I knew some people but in primary we were really close.

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I was worried I wouldn't make friends but actually

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everyone's the same as you.

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They all know what you're thinking, so you're not on your own.

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That's

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That's some

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That's some amazing

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That's some amazing advice:.

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Thanks for watching.

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Newsround's back in the morning with me.

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Woody? What? All the kids are going back to school soon. Good.

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